Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Dayton Children’s Regional Level III B NICU is the region's referral center for premature and sick newborns.  The staff provides care for the region's most fragile babies. Our state-of-the art, developmentally centered unit offers a full range of newborn care through a prenatal team that includes board-certified neonatologists, and neonatal nurse practitioners with quick access to over 30 pediatric specialties if needed.

Newborns who reach our center have a very high survival rate and a low incidence of complications, even though we care for the region’s sickest babies.  Patient families also rate our staff and the care at the highest levels of satisfaction (98.5%), ranking our unit in the top 5 percent in patient satisfaction in the country.

The neonatologists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide telephone or onsite consultation and assessment of newborns hospitalized at any other facility.  Babies requiring our level of care are transported to Dayton Children’s by the transport team, comprised of a neonatologist, specially trained nurses and a respiratory therapist.  This team is available 24-7 to attend high-risk deliveries, stabilize, and if necessary transport premature and/or seriously ill infants.  A special item called a Snoedel, which  absorbs the mother’s scent, provide comfort to newborns transported to Dayton Children’s.

 The entire perinatal team includes:

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Nutritionist
  • Social worker
  • Speech therapist
  • OT/PT
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Lactation consultant

Meet Our Team

Medical Director: M. David Yohannan, MD
Stephen Hunter, MD
Olutoye Osunbunmi, MD

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners:
Lisa Jasin, MSN, RNC, CNP
Sue Kern, MSN, RNC, CNP
Shana Thompson, MSN, RNC, CNP
Izumi Yamasita MS, RN, NNP

Director: Cindy Burger, MS, RN, CNAA, BC
Manager: Julie Bayless, RN, BS

Clinical staff:
Nancy Nevin-Folino, MEd, RD, CSP, LD, FADA
- neonatal nutrition specialist
Mari Jo Rosenbauer, RN, BSN, IBCLC
- lactation consultant

Carmine's Story

In April 2010, Carmine Yannitti was just 13. 2 ounces when he was brought to the NICU at Dayton Children's. He was given a 15 percent chance of survival. Three months later he was able to go home and he is still thriving today.


Family-Centered Care

The NICU functions with the philosophy of family-centered care. Our nationally recognized NICU was specifically designed and engineered to provide light and sound controls that are optimal for growth and healing in newborn babies. The NICU staff is trained to provide developmentally appropriate care. Parents and grandparents are permitted to visit any time. Siblings are permitted to visit if they are immunized and show no signs of illness. Parents may phone the unit at any time and are welcome to stay at their infant's bedside 24 hours a day. Room accommodations are also available just across the street at the Ronald McDonald House.

Cool-Cap System

Dayton Children’s is just one of 30 hospitals in the country to provide the Olympic cool Cap System used to prevent or reduce the severity of neurological injury in infants.   The system provides selective head cooling for the treatment of decreased blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which affects two out of every 1,000 children and is a frequent cause of seizures, cognitive issues and cerebral palsy.
The system uses a cooled, sealed water cap placed over the infant’s head to maintain a precise state of hypothermia during a 72-hour treatment window and then slowly re-warms the child for an additional four hours.  Since only the head is cooled, the rest of the baby’s body experiences a temperature only slightly below normal, reducing the likelihood of serious side effects from hypothermia.

Going Home

Before leaving the NICU, parents receive one-on-one discharge teaching to help ease the transition.  Additionally, the NICU offers parents the opportunity to share a room with their baby and provide care on their own while still having the expertise of the NICU staff steps away.

Conditions We Treat

  • Prematurity
  • Sick, full-term newborns
  • RDS
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Transient tachypnea
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Infectious diseases - sepsis, meningitis, etc.
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Complex birth defects
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Newborns requiring cardiac assessment
  • Newborns requiring general surgery
  • Newborns requiring neurological surgery
  • Newborns requiring urological surgery
  • Renal diseases
  • GI disturbances
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Seizures/transitional disorders
  • Conditions requiring nitric oxide

Services We Offer

  • The Fetal to Newborn Care Center
  • 24-hour consultation to area physicians
  • 24-hour emergency ground transportation
  • Cool-Cap selective head cooling Attendance at high-risk or potentially complicated deliveries
  • Nutritional support (IV therapy)
  • Prenatal consultation and counseling for parents
  • Genetic counseling
  • Pediatric specialty access
  • Neonatal cardiovascular assessment
  • Lactation consultation
  • Neonatal nutritionist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Neonatal social work services
  • Chaplain
  • Newborn follow-up clinic

Our neonatologists have privileges at:

  • Community Hospital (Springfield)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (Dayton)
  • Greene Memorial Hospital (Xenia)
  • Kettering Memorial Hospital (Kettering)
  • Middletown Regional Hospital (Middletown)
  • Southview Hospital (South - Dayton Mall area)
  • Upper Valley Medical Center (North - Miami County)

NICU staff talking
Baby in Giraffe Bed with mom
Mom's lounge
Giraffe Bed
NICU Baby Girl
NICU patient, Johnathon Williams
Baby Nora Gibson with mom


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