Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Most babies are born healthy. But occasionally, some newborns are premature or have health problems and they need care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our 19-bed NICU is available for newborns requiring comprehensive care, monitoring and intensive medical attention.
Billings Clinic's NICU is a Level III NICU. We care for very sick babies and offer access to a wide range of pediatric specialists and equipment. The babies in our NICU could be born as early as 25 gestational weeks or could be full-term and need pediatric specialty care in ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, or pulmonology.
Three board-certified neonatologists and pediatricians, supported by a highly qualified staff, tend to these tiny newborns round-the-clock. Support staff include occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, case managers, lactation consultants, and dedicated social workers. We also have pharmacy staff that are dedicated to our Women's and Children's services including NICU, Labor and Delivery, and Pediatrics.
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Lodging for Families at the Ronald McDonald House
This non-profit organization, at 1144 N. 30th St. (three blocks from Billings Clinic Hospital), provides lodging and resources for the families of children receiving medical treatment in Billings. Please call 406-256-8006 for more information.
NICU Visiting Hours
Our NICU is open 22 hours/day. Visitation is not allowed during staff shift changes, between 7-8 am and 7-8 pm.
For Referring Providers
Billings Clinic NICU's neonatologists provide comprehensive care for premature and sick babies. Advanced technology and treatment at our Level III NICU includes hi-frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide for pulmonary hypertension, full body cooling for HIE. Our neonatologists are available 24/7.
Staff Education and Training
Our NICU has one of the highest numbers of BSN nurses as well as certified nurses (certified through a national certifying board) trained in high risk neonatal care. In addition, staff receive hi-fidelity training in our simulation lab.
Transport of premature or ill infants from a referring hospital is available by ambulance or with the Neonatal MedFlight Team. A specialized team of neonatal intensive care nurses and registered respiratory therapists can assist in the transfer of the infant from an outlying hospital to the 19-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Billings Clinic.
For Physician Consult or Referral
To connect with a neonatologist by phone, for assistance setting up an appointment for a neonatal patient, or to request air ambulance transport, call 800-325-1774. More information on referring a patient.