• Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    State of-the-art healing for newborns

    When the Holston Valley Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit opened 30 years ago, it was one of the first NICUs in Tennessee.

    Of the 2,300 babies are born each year at Wellmont hospitals, more than 250 are admitted to the NICU.

    About the Level III NICU

    In late 2016, Holston Valley opened an expanded neonatal intensive care unit.

    This new NICU features:

    • A room for sterile procedures, such as peripherally inserted central catheters and circumcisions
    • A room designated for parents to spend the night with their child before discharge
    • Several private rooms, which provide a quieter environment and dimmer lighting to promote breastfeeding and parent-child bonding

    A specially certified NICU medical team also provides important services to ensure the safety and well-being of your baby, including:

    • Hearing screenings for all newborns
    • Car seat challenge tests for babies before they go home

    What babies get treated in the NICU?

    It isn't uncommon for the unit to have babies weighing less than a pound. Some of them are as young as 24 weeks gestation.

    In general, any newborn needing lifesaving care will be transferred to the NICU.


    If you have questions, please call Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE (6877).


    • The NICU cares for babies born as young as 24 weeks and weighing as little as 15 oz.
    • Almost 10,000 babies have been treated in the Holston Valley NICU.
    • When the unit opened in 1986, it was one of the first in the state.
    • Wellmont is the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals affiliate for our region.
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