Babies admitted to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Regional Intensive Care Nursery (RICN) are given 24-hour care in a secured location of the hospital.
Parents may visit at any time. Other visitors may visit with a parent from 11 am - 3 pm & 5 pm - 8 pm. Visiting is restricted during daily quiet time of 3 pm - 5 pm.
All visitors must scrub in prior to visiting.
Visitors are limited to two at the bedside - one parent and one visitor. Hospital policy requires that children must be over the age of 13 to visit, unless a sibling. No children, including sibilings may visit during flu season from October 1 to April 30. Staff members are not permitted to discuss the infant's condition with visitors. Visitors are not permitted to hold, feed, or touch the infant. There may be times when visitors need to wait before entering the nursery, or may be asked to leave during medical emergencies or procedures. The nursing staff will provide additional information.
Grandparents must be accompanied by the infant's parents.
Babies in the Regional Intensive Care Nursery are discharged when they no longer have emergent medical issues and have reached the following milestones:
- can maintain a stable body temperature in an open crib.
- can tolerate feedings and gain weight on a regular basis
- does not have an illness which requires care that only a hospital can provide
Preparation for your baby's discharge begins early during hospital stay. Parents are taught all aspects of baby's care and written instructions will be included in baby's discharge information.