The T.J. and Debbie Day Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Caring for you and your newborn is a top priority. Saint Mary's stands
ready to provide the best level of care you need. Should your baby require
advanced medical attention, you can feel safe that Saint Mary's T.J.
and Debbie Day Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is close at hand. Should
your baby be born outside the Reno area, Saint Mary's provides Neonatal
Transport services within the northern Nevada region.
Our Level III 29-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is recognized and accredited
by the state of Nevada as one of the area's best in caring for urgent
baby needs. We also have a perinatologist on staff that specializes in
caring for mothers with pre-term labor. The unit provides care to prematurely
born infants who often weigh less than two pounds and also to full term
babies facing critical conditions, such as those who are fighting infection
or needing surgery.
Saint Mary's has kept pace with recent advancements in neonatal technology
and care. Our technology includes Ohmeda Giraffe combination radiant warmer/incubators
that are automatically temperature controlled for any sized infant, ventilators
that can deliver hundreds of breaths per minute to protect delicate lungs,
inhaled nitric oxide to reverse critical lung disease, and Cool Cap that
can provide hypothermic cooling to those infants who qualify. Our unit
is known for very low infection rates for both central lines and ventilators.
Currently we have not had an infection in over a decade due to the dedication,
hard work and conscientiousness of our entire team.
The unit features sufficient space for parents to spend time at the bedside
with family centered care, caring for both the baby and their family.
Parents are encouraged to come in and participate in the care of their
baby which can include taking the temperature, feedings, bathing, and
providing Kangaroo Care (Skin-to-skin). Parents may bring in visitors
but are limited to only two people at the bedside, one of which will be
the parent. Sibling visitation is allowed during non-flu season to those
who are four years and older. Siblings must have current vaccinations.
Our unit has over 150 years of combined NICU experience. Many of our nurses
have been at Saint Mary’s for over 10 years. Some of our services
include lactation, dietary, Speech therapy, OT/PT, interpreter via specialized
phone service, and social services. Free classes are offered on infant
CPR, developmental care, and Kangaroo Care. Some classes are available
on line to view at your convenience. Education is always ongoing. Books
are provided to read about understanding the NICU. Parents are encouraged
to download a free app called Peekaboo ICU Preemie Baby- very educational
on premature infants.
New Mothers Support Group | Every Thursday at 10:00am and 2nd & 4th
Thursday at 6:00pm. Please call (775) 770-3429 for more information.
Neonatal Transport Unit
The Neonatal Transport Services at Saint Mary’s offers swift intervention
for newborns in need of special critical care services that only a Level
III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can provide. When newborns are
critically ill they can be safely transported by an ambulance or fixed
wing airplane in a specialized transport unit that provides an intensive
care environment. The transport team is staffed with Neonatal Nurse Practitioners,
Registered Nurse, and Respiratory Therapists. They go through extensive
training and certification to specialize in the stabilization and safe
transportation of premature and critically ill newborns
We are the only team in northern Nevada that has the capability to:
• Deliver high frequency ventilation in additional to conventional
• Deliver nitric oxide during transportation
Contact Us: (775) 770-3061
Saint Mary's Donor Milk Program
Babies who are in the TJ and Debbie Day NICU at Saint Mary's receive
specialized care. In order to keep those babies growing and thriving,
we provide a donor milk program for those who may not be able to receive
milk from their mother. Your contribution can help.
What is the Donor Milk Program?
If you are a nursing mother that has a milk supply in excess of what your
baby needs, you can help other babies and mothers who need it. Mothers
of premature babies often can't produce the amount of milk needed.
By donating your breast milk, you can provide potentially life-sustaining
benefits to the babies fighting for their lives.
Our Donor Milk Program is operated by Prolacta Bioscience. Prolacta tests
and processes all donated milk in order to supply premature babies with
an exclusive 100% human milk diet. Donating milk is done in the privacy
of your home. Once you are qualified as a donor, Prolacta provides breast
milk storage bags as well as shipping coolers with pre-paid shipping labels.
Every shipment they receive is cross-matched with that donor's DNA
profile, screened for bacteria, and tested for drugs of abuse and other
substances. It is then pasteurized, labeled with nutritional value and
sold to our NICUs around the country.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of human milk
for all preterm infants.
How Does the Donor Milk Program Help NICU Babies?
Breast milk helps all babies to grow healthy and strong.
- It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity
- It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
- It protects against infections, including ear infections
- Is easily digested
How Do I Become a Donor?
Click here to learn more about our Donor Milk Program.