Whether you anticipated your child’s stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or it was unexpected, having a newborn with urgent medical needs can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for any parent. At Riley at IU Health, we strive to provide the best care for your baby while also delivering well-rounded support to you and your growing family.
Comprehensive Care for Our Smallest Patients
Over the course of your pregnancy, we work hand-in-hand with the Maternity & Newborn Health Department to identify health concerns and develop a holistic plan for your baby’s care prior to labor and delivery. Our specialists will consult with you to ensure that you are prepared and informed about every decision you make for your baby’s health.
Having a baby is an important life event. Urgent medical needs create additional challenges for your family, but our neonatology team can help you navigate the emotional, logistical and financial challenges of having a baby in the NICU. While your baby receives the most advanced clinical treatment options, our comprehensive care team will work alongside our expert physicians to help your family get the support you need. Our care team includes:
- Family support specialists
- Care managers
- Social workers
- Child Life specialists
- Financial counselors
Our goal is to provide you and your family with every available resource so that you can focus on the most important thing: loving your child.
Our Commitment to Clinical Excellence
In addition to comprehensive family support, Riley at IU Health offers the most advanced neonatology services in Indiana. Our 60-bed NICU is one of Indiana’s only comprehensive Level IV NICU nurseries, providing the highest level of care available for all neonatal patients needing specialized treatment options.
With our High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Care Program, specialized care for your baby continues after he or she leaves the NICU. We continue to collaborate with developmental pediatricians and specialists in other departments to monitor your baby’s condition and ensure that each infant continues to make strides following treatment in the NICU at Riley at IU Health.
Our doctors and researchers have helped develop several lifesaving treatments for newborns. Riley at IU Health was the first hospital in Indiana to evaluate the use of surfactant therapy, which is now used routinely to treat breathing problems in premature babies. Our doctors also helped test and win federal approval for a technology called high frequency jet ventilation, which helps babies breathe without stressing the lungs. In addition to introducing new medical services to our own patients, we also share our findings with other NICUs capable of providing the services.
We are leading the way with a focused neurocritical care initiative aimed at safeguarding infant brain health. A partnership between the Neonatology Department and the Neurology Department ensures the presence of neurologists in our NICU. Our comprehensive team of board certified neonatologists, neonatal neurologists, neuroradiologists and neurodiagnostic specialists and staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for infants born with neurological conditions such as:
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Brain malformations
- Spine malformations
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Severe cardiac disorders
- Other related conditions
Our team coordinates with other departments throughout the hospital to ensure that newborns and their families receive specialized care and support for the unique challenges associated with congenital neurological conditions.
Nationally Ranked Quality Care
Our Neonatology department is ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report. We provide care to the most critical babies in Indiana at our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)—the highest designation level for NICUs—at our main campus in Downtown Indianapolis.
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Neonatology (NICU) services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Our dedicated team of neonatologists works around the clock to provide highly specialized care to newborn patients at Riley at IU Health. Our department coordinates with specialists from other departments to ensure every newborn receives the expert care he or she needs.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
We provide multispecialty Neonatology programs for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related Neonatology programs.
Riley physician/scientist led the way on many research efforts that saved the lives of countless premature babies.Continue reading
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Dr. James Lemons is surprised for his birthday with a sculpture commissioned by his wife and created by a California artist and friend. “If a bust can remind us of what is possible, of what care and love can accomplish, then that is a good thing.”Continue reading
“No mother ever thinks she’s going to have to do this. I sat here day after day, hour after hour, wondering what I could do, how I could connect. I wish I had thought at the time to read to them.”Continue reading
Little girl who has spent every night in the hospital since her birth finally gets to sleep in her own crib at home.Continue reading
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Once a patient, now a NICU nurse, Amy Haggard opens her heart to the babies in her unit and their families.Continue reading
She has a welcoming smile for visitors and a shoulder to lean on for families and staff.Continue reading
Tiny patients and their families have NICU nurse Susie McSwain’s heart.Continue reading
The idea of a home vent and trach tube terrified this mother, but another mom who had been through it came along to tell her she and her son could get through it.Continue reading
Donna Case and Phyllis Hoffman retired this month after nearly eight decades of service between them.Continue reading
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Dr. James Lemons has devoted his life to caring for the most innocent – tiny, premature babies who are fighting for their lives.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
The Neonatology Department at Riley at IU Health works with NICUs across the state of Indiana to raise the standard of care provided to newborn patients in need of advanced care. We work with researchers to continually improve outcomes and explore new treatment options.
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Riley at IU Health works in conjunction with the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide fellowship-level training through the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. This fellowship provides exceptional opportunities to develop clinical knowledge and experience.