Western Suburbs NICU
Level III NICU at Central DuPage Hospital
In the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Central DuPage Hospital,* your infant will receive the highest possible level of care. With Lurie Children’s, ranked No. 12 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2023–2024 for neonatology, the neonatologists and nurse practitioners provide advanced care using technology designed specifically to support newborn infants who are premature or critically ill.
We know it takes more than technology to help your baby get healthy. That’s why the Central DuPage Hospital NICU has been uniquely designed to optimize family comfort. It features 29 private rooms where parents can spend private bonding time with their baby. Each room has controls for lighting and temperature, allowing your family to create a baby friendly personal space. For the safety of your baby, the NICU has strict security procedures and is locked at all times.
Across the street, the Ronald McDonald House Near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital offers a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized patients during their time of need.
Neonatal Medical and Surgical Concerns
Neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners from Lurie Children’s at Central DuPage Hospital work with nurse specialists in the NICU to provide 24-hour on-site care for a full range of medical and surgical concerns, including:
- Premature birth (less than 37 weeks gestation) including extreme prematurity
- Low birth weight and disorders of fetal growth
- Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and other breathing problems
- Disorders of the heart, lung and gastrointestinal systems
- Congenital anomalies and genetic conditions
- Medical complications such as apnea, feeding problems, low blood sugar, jaundice, seizures, or infections including sepsis
Multidisciplinary Team Approach
If transferred to the NICU at Central DuPage Hospital, you can rest assured that your baby will receive care from a skilled team of physicians, nurses and other health professionals with advanced expertise in the intensive care of newborn infants. The multidisciplinary NICU team includes:
- Lurie Children's specialists who are board-certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine
- Consultations from 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
- Specialized neonatal transport team
- A family services team that supports families mentally, emotionally and spiritually
Our team of specialists understand the challenges and wide range of emotions that families experience when an infant is in the NICU. We are committed to listening to you, responding to your concerns and celebrating your baby’s successes along the way.
Multidisciplinary Neonatal Follow-Up Program
Once discharged from the NICU, babies continue to receive special care at home. Through the Neonatal Follow-Up Program, a focused clinical team follows your baby’s growth. You’ll receive information on topics such as feeding, child care, and growth and developmental stages — including speech and language — over the first year of your child’s life.
For more information about the program, please contact the NICU family support specialist at 312.472.4347. TTY for the hearing impaired 711.