Neonatology and Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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The level III regional newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at The Children's Medical Center of Dayton is the region's referral center for premature and sick newborns. The NICU at Dayton Children's is a state-of-the-art, developmentally centered unit that offers a full range of newborn care. This includes emergency and continuing care for premature and critically ill newborns.

Phone. 937-641-3040, NICU
937-641-3414, newborn medicine
Fax. 937-641-5446

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

Diagnoses or Conditions Treated

  • 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 Available

  • 24-hour consultation to area physicians
  • 24-hour emergency ground transportation
  • Cool-Cap selective head cooling for HIE
  • Attendance at high-risk or potentially complicated deliveries
  • Prenatal consultation and counseling for parents
  • Neonatal nurse practitioner consultation to area nursing staff
  • All pediatric subspecialists
  • Genetic counseling
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Neonatal cardiovascular assessment
  • Neonatal neurological surgery
  • Conventional and mechanical ventilation
  • High-frequency ventilation
  • Inhaled nitric oxide
  • Surfactant replacement therapy
  • Nutritional support service (IV therapy)
  • Lactation consultant
  • Neonatal nutritionist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Neonatal social work services
  • Chaplain
  • Newborn follow-up clinic
  • Ronald McDonald house

Perinatal Team

  • Board-certified neonatologists
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Nutritionist
  • Social worker
  • Speech therapist
  • OT/PT
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Lactation consultant

Our neonatologists are accessible 24 hours a day to provide consultation and assessment of sick newborns hospitalized at other facilities. In addition, our newborn transport team is available 24 hours a day and is comprised of specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists and a neonatologist. They will attend high-risk deliveries upon request and are available to pick up, stabilize and transport sick newborns after delivery to an intensive care setting. 

Family-Centered Care and Visiting Baby

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. All staff are trained to provide developmentally appropriate care. 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.

Going Home

Before discharge, parents receive one-on-one discharge teaching and are invited to room in with their newborn to provide a comfortable transition to home.

Additional Information

Outreach and Support services

  • Perinatal loss/sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) support group - 937-641-3463
  • Breast-feeding support - 937-641-3000, extension 8528
  • Regional perinatal educational coordinator, phone 937-641-3463

Neonatologists also have privileges at:

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

Referral Process

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Newborn transport team
937-223-2229 (BABY)
toll-free 877-855-7337 (PEDS)

NICU or neonatologist on-call or consultation
Phone:   937-223-2229 (BABY)
Toll-free: 877-855-7337 (PEDS)
Fax:   937-641-5436


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