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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


The 49-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a Level III nursery, providing the most advanced personalized care to premature and critically ill newborns. As a Level III nursery, our Unit is staffed 24/7 with board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians with extra training in newborn care), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurse specialists, therapists and support staff dedicated to the care of your baby.

Our NICU Patients

Our NICU patients include babies who may face difficulties at birth, including those born prematurely, those whose mothers experienced a complicated pregnancy and delivery, or those with one or more birth defects. Newborn babies in need of intensive medical attention are admitted directly to our onsite NICU. New patients are immediately evaluated by our dedicated neonatologists. For those in need of specialty care – from a pediatric cardiologist or neurologist for example – we coordinate the baby’s prompt transfer to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

For our tiniest patients, the babies born between 23 to 27 weeks into pregnancy, we have a special care area within the NICU. This dedicated space follows a small-baby protocol to enhance development while minimizing potential overstimulation of these particularly fragile babies.

We understand that having a sick baby can be very distressing for parents and families. Because of this, we practice family-centered care. You have access to your baby in the NICU around the clock, and we encourage visits. For babies nearing time to go home, we have a dedicated area within the Unit that gives parents an opportunity to gain confidence in their ability to care for their babies. Help with breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) is also available.

Why Choose Ohio State?

Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center offers our NICU patients, and their families, comprehensive care with a personalized approach. As an academic medical center, our treatments are supported by innovative research, advanced medical expertise, and the latest technologies and techniques.

Because we are a Level III NICU, we are staffed to provide a ratio of nurse-to-baby care of at least one-to-three and, for the sickest babies, one-to-two or one-to-one. Our commitment to our patients and their families is to provide the highest quality care with empathy and compassion.

  • We firmly believe in the importance of family interaction. Parents and grandparents are welcome to visit their baby at any time. We have established a parent advisory council to act on feedback from patients and their families about how we can improve the patient experience in our NICU.
  • You can take comfort in knowing that, should the unexpected happen, Ohio State is prepared

Our NICU Services

As a Level III nursery, Ohio State’s NICU is staffed around the clock by multiple specialists, including:

Neonatologists – These are pediatricians with additional training in the care of newborns. At least one neonatologist is present in our NICU at all times.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Neonatal Nurses – Neonatal nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who specialize in care of newborns. Additionally, neonatal nurses provide most of the ongoing care and assessment of the babies. Our nursing team also works closely with parents to answer questions, provide assistance and advice, and help families prepare to meet any special needs their babies may have.

Respiratory Therapists – At least one respiratory therapist is present at all times in our NICU to manage the variety of advanced mechanical respiratory equipment available in the Unit. They ensure that the ventilators and breathing therapy machines function according to doctors’ orders, and they provide breathing treatments as needed.

Occupational and Physical Therapists – Our occupational and physical therapists help with developmental care and feeding issues. They also provide infant massages.

Clinical Pharmacist – These pharmacists specialize in delivering medication to babies, particularly premature infants. They are available around the clock to service the NICU.

Breastfeeding Help – We believe that breast milk provides the best nutrition for all babies, particularly those born prematurely. The NICU has a breast pumping room with two available breast pumps, as well as lactation specialists who are available to help mothers and babies succeed at breastfeeding.

Our NICU Experts

Our Level III NICU is staffed around the clock by neonatologists, neonatologist nurse practitioners, occupational and physical therapists, respiratory therapists and neonatal nurse specialists.

  • Roopali Bapat, MD
  • Tom Bartman, MD
  • Bernadette Chen, MD
  • Louis Chicoine, MD
  • Peter Giannone, MD
  • Julie Gooding, MD
  • Ish Gulati, MD
  • Michael Hokenson, MD
  • Mohannad Moallem, MD
  • Craig Nankervis, MD
  • Leif Nelin, MD
  • Sushma Nuthakki, MD
  • Eneysis Pena, MD
  • Kris Reber, MD
  • Jon Slaughter, MD
  • Michael Stenger, MD
  • Maria Talavera, DO
  • Chris Timan, MD
  • Jon Wispe, MD
  • Ehab Ahmed, MD
  • Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD
  • Ed Shepherd, MD
  • Jennifer Trittmann, MD

Our NICU Location

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
E-Doan Hall, sixth floor
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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