Southeast's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Southeast Hospital was the first hospital in the region to establish neonatal intensive care services in the late 1970s. Neonatologist, Dr. Paul Caruso, MD cares for the sick newborns and works closely with Southeast’s Pediatric Hospitalists in providing specialized inpatient care for newborns around the clock.

Space for Family
Eight individual suites designed for family-centered care. The single family stations create private areas for families to bond with their babies.

Calm & Soothing
Environmentally conducive for preterm babies, including:

  • Low noise level
  • Subdued lighting

World Class Monitoring
Nihon Kohden monitoring system allows for real-time monitoring of the following:

  • Respiration
  • Heart rate
  • Oxygen level

The sensors, probes and cuffs are designed specifically for neonatal monitoring.

NICVIEW Webcam system
The webcam system provides a secure video link for parents, sibling, grandparents, friends and family to keep a close eye on their infants in the NICU 24 hours a day. It serves as an emotional lifeline and a great source of comfort when parents are unable to be at the Hospital. Bonding between parents and their new baby is as important in the NICU as it is at home. Being able to view their infant in real-time video helps families develop that bond.

One-on-one teaching to ease transition from NICU to home.

Clinical Affiliation with Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

  • A clinical affiliation with the nationally-recognized pediatric center formalized a long-standing relationship between Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Southeast.
  • Through the partnership, physicians and nurses at Southeast are assured access to leading edge approaches in the care of critically ill newborns and children.
  • Babies who require specialized ventilator support, are extremely premature, have heart anomalies or require the services of a pediatric surgeon are transferred to St. Louis.
  • Many babies who are transferred to St. Louis for complex care return to Southeast for continued care so that their families can become more easily involved as their infants are prepared for discharge.

Southeast's Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have been named in memory of Jesse R. Ramsey, D.O., who was instrumental in the development of the region's first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital.