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Level III NICU at Central DuPage Hospital

In the Level III NICU at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital1, you’ll find state-of-the-art technology and treatments for neonates facing medical challenges, including:

  • Minimally invasive ventilating techniques
  • Brain coding
  • Neonatal surgery

It takes more than technology to help your baby get healthy. The NICU is a setting that has been uniquely designed to foster comfort and compassion. It features 29 private rooms where parents bond with their babies. Each room has controls for lighting and temperature, allowing your family to create a more personal space within a neonatal intensive care environment. For the safety of your baby, the NICU is locked at all times.

Neonatal medical and surgical concerns

Neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, as well as nurse specialists of the NICU provide 24-hour on-site care of neonates with a full range of medical and surgical concerns, including:

  • Congenital anomalies
  • Disorders of the lung and gastrointestinal systems
  • Low birth weight and extreme prematurity
  • Medical complications of the neonate such as seizures, apnea, jaundice, sepsis, slow transition and poor feeding
  • Premature birth (less than 37 weeks gestation)
  • Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)

NICU babies continue to receive special care even once they are home. Through the Neonatal Follow-Up Program, a focused clinical team follows your baby’s growth. You’ll receive tips on feeding, child care and growth and developmental stages—including speech and language—over the first year of your child’s life.

Multidisciplinary team approach

If transferred to the NICU, you can rest assured that your newborn or infant will receive care from a team of physicians, nurses and other health professionals with advanced expertise in the intensive care treatment of neonates. The multidisciplinary NICU team2 includes:

  • Lurie Children's specialists board-certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine
  • Additional Lurie Children's pediatric specialists including cardiologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons, urologists, nephrologists, pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists and others as needed
  • Lurie Children's neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses with advanced training and certification in neonatal care
  • Respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Lactation consultants, social workers and discharge planners
  • Child life specialists
  • Neonatal dietitians
  • Neonatal pharmacists
  • Chaplain
  • Specialized neonatal transport team

While the main focus is caring for your baby’s condition, the specialists and practitioners understand the challenges and wide range of emotions that parents and loved ones face. Within the NICU’s nurturing environment you’ll find a team that spends time listening to you, responding to your concerns and celebrating with you the small successes along the way.

Renée Schine Crown Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a secured level III care unit that provides state-of-the-art care for premature and seriously ill newborns. Our services and equipment are designed for the smallest patients.

The NICU is staffed 24 hours a day by specially trained nurses and neonatologists, and patients have access to the full range of pediatric sub-specialists. Our multidisciplinary team2 includes:

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatology fellows
  • Pediatric residents
  • Neonatal nurses
  • Developmental nurse specialists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplain
  • Breastfeeding counselors
  • Neonatal nutritionists
We provide care for an estimated 1600 premature or seriously ill newborns each year, including infants born at Prentice Women's Hospital, as well as those who are transferred through the Perinatal Network from other hospitals.

We believe a multidisciplinary team approach and specialized equipment are only part of caring for these babies—we focus on family-centered, developmentally supportive care. Parents and families are crucial to an infant's recovery and development, so we encourage and facilitate the strong presence and involvement of parents and family in the care we provide.

NICU Family Support Program

The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was the first NICU in the state of Illinois to provide the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program to families. Launched as a part time program in 2009 and becoming full time in 2012, the program is built on a philosophy of family-centered care and supports families throughout the hospitalization, during the transition to home and in the event of a newborn death.

The program is guided by a volunteer committee, consisting of graduate NICU families and NICU staff, and a full-time NICU family support specialist, who works with parents and families and coordinates:

  • Parent groups
  • Educational presentations and discussions
  • Family events
  • A NICU reunion
  • Professional education

NICU families receive parent care kits which contain the books:

  • "NICU: A Guide and Glossary"
  • "Parent: You & Your Baby in the NICU"
  • "Baby: A Keepsake Journal"

We also provide helpful information for our short-stay families. The program offers a stocked book cart of children’s books for parents to read to their infants at the bedside to promote early bonding.

NICU Family Support® Bright Space® for NICU Siblings

The March of Dimes and Bright Horizons have formed a partnership to create Bright Space areas in NICU waiting rooms across the country. The space is designed to brighten the lives of siblings and families in crisis and promote self-healing through play. In December 2013, the Renée Schine Crown NICU was one of three hospitals nationwide to be chosen to receive a Bright Space.

This area is available to more than 1,600 families a year who have a child in the NICU at Prentice Women’s Hospital.


For more information about the program, please contact the NICU Family Support Specialist at 312.472.4347.

Interacting With Your Premature Baby In The NICU

Premature babies are cared for in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Only you can give your baby a parent’s love and care. You may find the NICU scary and confusing at first. But despite the wires, tubes, and machines, you can still begin to form a lifelong bond with your baby.

Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) formed a relationship with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital to open our fifth Ronald McDonald House®, expanding hospitality and support to families of hospitalized children.


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.


In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.


The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.