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Northwestern Medicine mother holding newborn baby

Northwestern Medicine doctor examining newborn in delnor nurseryThe Special Care Nursery at Northwestern Medicine Delnor earned the designation of Level II-E with Extended Capabilities from the State of Illinois. This designation means that the state recognizes the ability to care for low birthweight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or greater), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and term infants with medical complications.

The Special Care Nursery features seven beds and 24/7 on-site coverage provided by neonatal specialists or neonatal nurse practitioners. This setting is designed to provide your infant with the best possible care, and your family with a comfortable, supportive environment.

Should your newborn need to be transferred to a specialized intensive care unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Central DuPage Hospital is only 11 miles away from Delnor Hospital.

Multidisciplinary team approach

The Special Care Nursery medical team knows they have a very special job to do in caring for your infant. They also care about you as parents and share your concern about your baby’s condition. This medical team* includes:

  • Lurie Children’s specialists, board-certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine
  • Lurie Children's neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses with advanced training in neonatal care

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.