COVID-19 and Vaccine Information
Masks are still required in healthcare settings per CDC and state health department guidelines.
Parents may call the NICU any time*, day or night, to get information about their baby’s condition:
*Please avoid calling during shift changes, when nurses consult with one another about your baby’s care:
Lockers are provided for extra belongings. You must bring your own padlock.
We know it is difficult to be separated from your newborn. Our expert NICU staff specializes in family-centered care of critically ill infants. They can assist you with a variety of needs, such as:
For additional information, call NICU Social Workers at (541) 222-6965
Chaplains are available to help NICU parents. They may provide pastoral counseling, family support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and prayer services, depending on the needs of the individual and the family. They can be reached at (541) 222-7402. Learn more.
Certified lactation consultants are nurses specially trained to help mothers successfully breastfeed. They are available every day to assist mothers in the NICU who need help with breastfeeding. Lactation Services can be reached at (541) 222-3922. Learn more.
If your baby was born prematurely or is ill, he or she may need care at Sacred Heart’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Your baby will be transported in a special Neonatal Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulance. It was specially designed to give medically fragile infants immediate care. It can transport two babies at a time in two complete NICU isolettes (secure, comfortable, temperature-controlled enclosures for newborns).
A Transport Team is on call 24 hours a day to pick up and continuously care for babies on their way to Sacred Heart’s NICU. Team members are specially trained registered nurses and respiratory therapists. Well over 100 babies are transported to Sacred Heart’s NICU from other area hospitals every year.
Our current ambulance went into service in 2009. It was purchased entirely with donations from the community. Transport Team members designed the transport to assure the safest possible transportation of babies to and from Sacred Heart. The vehicle can accommodate two babies and four caregivers at once. It was designed to enable caregivers to care for their patients and access necessary equipment while leaving their seat belts fastened. The vehicle is also shorter and quieter than the previous model, offering a smoother ride for the critically ill babies being cared for on board.