Neonatal intensive care unit in Brandon, Florida

Brandon Regional Hospital is home to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that serves the needs of infants who require extra medical attention following birth. Our neonatologists and maternal-fetal medicine specialists are onsite 24/7 to provide the specialized care that your baby needs.

We practice family-centered care by working together with you to provide your baby the love and support they need to get well.

To learn more about our NICU, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Integrated care with labor and delivery

When you give birth at Brandon Regional Hospital, you know you are in a hospital that has all the resources to care for you and your baby after delivery. Our labor and delivery unit is staffed and equipped to provide the recovery care you need, while also providing specialized care for your newborn in our Level III NICU, if necessary.

Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists provide continued care for expectant mothers experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. If you anticipate your child will need extra support after birth, we offer NICU tours on special request.

Level III NICU services

Our 22-bed NICU, just one part of our comprehensive pediatric services, offers all the specialty equipment and services your child needs to heal, including:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) respiratory support
  • In-house lactation consultants
  • Pediatric ophthalmology services
  • Pediatric pulmonology services
  • Specialized infant beds designed to transform from an incubator to a crib as your child grows and gains strength
  • Ventilator breathing support
  • Whole body cooling therapy

Specialists in neonatal surgery

Infants requiring surgical care are in the hands of our expert pediatric surgeons who have years of experience operating on our smallest patients. We employ specialty physicians in the following areas:

  • Pediatric cardiac surgery to correct patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pediatric ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Pediatric general surgery
  • Pediatric gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery

NICU team

The team of medical professionals in our Level III NICU provides comprehensive, around-the-clock care for your newborn. Specialists participating in the care of your child may include:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Physicians, including pediatricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists and neonatologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Respiratory therapists

Your child's care team is available to answer your questions and provide the assistance you need during your child's stay in the NICU.

Visiting the NICU

A detailed visitation record is kept in your child's chart that is signed by you—the parent—to ensure only approved individuals are visiting your child. We do have visitation rules in place to limit your child's exposure to outside germs and infection.

Parents are welcome to call the NICU directly to receive an update on your child's condition at (813) 916-2301.

Parents and grandparents may visit at any time, except during the change in nursing shifts—every day between 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. This helps assure the privacy of patient information. You may be asked to leave the nursery if a new patient is being admitted or during a stressful time for another baby sharing your infant's room.

Parents and grandparents may practice open visitation, but we ask that no more than two people are present at the bedside at a time. Grandparents may visit on their own with written consent from the parents. Siblings may also visit provided that their immunization record is up-to-date.

It is important that all visitors to the NICU are in good health. Visitors exhibiting a cold, sore throat or fever and who have recently been exposed to an illness, such as chickenpox, measles or a strep infection, are asked to restrict visitation for the health of all babies in the NICU.

We prioritize patient safety and privacy

In addition to providing high-level care to your newborn, one of our primary goals is maintaining the safety of your child. To protect the privacy of every child in our care, we ask that you visit only at your child's bedside. The staff in our NICU will keep you informed about your baby's condition and progress, which can be communicated via phone or at an in-person visit.

Information about a child's condition will only be provided by telephone directly to parents. We make it a priority to ensure a staff member is always available to answer your questions.

Partnership with All Children's Specialty Physicians

The neonatologists and pediatric surgeons serving patients in our NICU are contracted through All Children's Specialty Physicians, a part of the Johns Hopkins network. The physicians at our hospital provide care in over 25 surgical and medical specialties.