NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)


The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Driscoll Children’s Hospital has a staff of dedicated, caring and compassionate medical professionals who nurture each baby and provide the best treatment options, information and support for the families here.

Our Level 4 NICU cares for newborns and infants for a variety of reasons:

  • Prematurity (carried less than 37 weeks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Infections
  • Birth defects
  • Other illnesses

Our NICU is designated Level 4 from the Texas Department of State Health Services—the highest level of care for premature and critically ill babies. It was the first NICU in South Texas to earn this designation in 2017 and we have worked hard to maintain this highest level of designation.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Driscoll Children’s Hospital is licensed for 61 beds and is staffed by neonatologists, pediatric subspecialists and neonatal nurse practitioners in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, we have a support staff of nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, chaplains, social workers and more who are all specially trained to care for the tiniest of babies. Our team is active in resident education and research.

Family Centered Care
Families are integral in the healing and recovery process of their baby, and that is why the NICU encourages families to spend as much time as possible with their babies, regardless of the time of day. For example, if a parent just finished work or could not sleep at 2 a.m., they are always welcome to spend time with their baby.

Physician Rounding
Families are encouraged to participate in rounds with the medical team, to ask questions and to give feedback on their baby’s progress.

Consultation with Physicians and Staff
Web-cam visits allow families who are not able to come to see their baby to speak with doctors and staff.

Conference calling allows real-time consultation with specialists during ground and air transport.

Visit all your child's specialists in one trip to Driscoll Children's Hospital!

For your convenience, please ask any of our specialty clinics to coordinate all of your child's appointments in one day.

You can contact us at (361) 694-5000 or call your specialty clinic directly for further assistance.