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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Every mother wants their baby to be healthy. And we do too.

The NICU is a 45-bed, Level IV Nursery providing both intensive and intermediate care to critically ill infants requiring medical and/or surgical intervention. Common diagnoses include extreme prematurity, severe asphyxia, complex congenital heart disease, open neural tube defects, abdominal wall defects, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.



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Our medical care team

  • Medical Director: Maria Pierce, MD
  • Neonatal Palliative Care Director: Katherine Brandt, MD
  • Neonatal Transport Director: Sanjuanita Garza-Cox, MD
  • Neonatal ECMO Director: Cody Henderson, MD
  • Neonatal Cardiac Director: George Powers, MD
  • Neonatal Research Director: Kaashif Ahmad, MD
  • Neonatal Quality Director: Blanca Molina, MD

24-hour in-house physician coverage: neonatologist and a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP)

Support staff to care for your baby

  • Neonatal Nurses
  • Pediatric Pharmacist
  • Neonatal Respiratory Therapist
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Nutritionist
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Case Management
  • Social Work Services
  • Spiritual Care Services

Children's Hospital of San Antonio offers infants access to a full range of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, including but not limited to:

  • cardiology
  • general and cardiothoracic surgery
  • neurosurgery
  • neurology
  • ophthalmology
  • urology
  • gastroenterology
  • infectious disease

ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)

The Neonatal ECMO program can provide veno-venous or veno-arterial extracorporeal life support for up to two infants in the NICU. Infants must weigh < 12 kilograms and meet selection criteria based on guidelines set forth by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).  Children's Hospital of San Antonio has been the most active and experienced ECMO center in South Texas since 1989.

In 2012, our ECMO Program was recognized by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization as a "Center of Excellence" for the second time in a row. 

In 2010, the Neonatal ICU was recognized as a member of the OptumHealth Centers of Excellence network.

Infants requiring ventilator support can be expertly managed with every mode of assisted ventilation, including high frequency oscillatory and jet ventilation.

The NICU is also capable of providing Therapeutic Whole Body Hypothermia for up to two qualifying infants with moderate to severe perinatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  Passive cooling can be initiated at the referring facility and continued during transport by the Neonatal Transport Team.

Infants requiring Level IV care or advanced treatment modalities are stabilized and transported by the Neonatal Transport Team. All transport requests are coordinated and directed by the neonatologist on call in accordance with approved Standing Orders & Guidelines. More than 350 infants are transferred each year to our NICU from more than 50 local and regional hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities encompassing an 90-county area.

Family-centered care is supported throughout the Children's Hospital.  Family members are encouraged to visit and be active in their child's care.

Additional info:

32-bed Neonatal Intermediate Care
Total Neonatal Care bed capacity is 77 beds (NICU 45 and NIMC 32)

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