Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in HSHS St. John's Children’s Hospital provides care to nearly 600 premature babies and other seriously ill infants each year.

Nurse and doctor looking at NICU babyWe are a 40-bed, Level III NICU serving patients across south-central Illinois. The NICU also serves the South Central Perinatal Region.

Our expert care teams of neonatologists, nurse practitioners, RNs and respiratory therapists are specially trained to work with our smallest patients. Our team also includes pharmacists, dietitians, lactation specialists, pediatric rehabilitation therapists, social workers and Spiritual Care staff members who provide outstanding service for our patients.

Visiting Policy

Parents may visit any time, day or night. Visiting hours for others are:
  • Grandparents: 11 am - 8 pm 
  • Siblings (2 years and older): 11 am - 8 pm, or by special arrangement
  • Other visitors (16 years and older): 11 am - 8 pm 

NICU Parents: What you need to know

After you leave the NICU

NICU Graduate Program
The NICU Graduate Program is a medical follow-up clinic for infants who had a complicated course of treatment while in the NICU and may require oxygen, tracheostomy tubes, feeding tubes or other special equipment at home.

Children coming to the NICU Graduate Program can expect to see a neonatologist, a registered nurse and a registered dietitian. This clinic is free of charge.
NICU Follow-Up & Developmental Continuity Clinics
These are free, developmental clinics for NICU graduates. St. John's staff members monitor the development of these children for three years to look for delays in development (language, social skills, intellect and fine and gross motor skills). If there are concerns, NICU staff members refer parents to services that can help the child be his or her best.