What Is A Special Care Nursery?

West Chester Hospital provides a Level IIB Special Care Nursery for babies who may require additional medical attention.

Level II units are also known as special care nurseries and, in addition to providing Level I neonatal care, may also:

  • Provide care for infants born greater than or at least 32-weeks gestation and weighing approximately 1,500 grams (3.3 lbs.), who have physiologic immaturity, or who are moderately ill with problems that are expected to resolve rapidly and are not anticipated to need subspecialty services on an urgent basis.
  • Provide care for infants who are feeding and growing stronger, or are convalescing after intensive care.
  • Stabilize infants born before 32-weeks gestation and weighing greater than 1,500 grams (3.3 lbs.) until transfer to a higher level facility, University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care facility.
  • Have pediatric hospitalists, neonatologists, available to stabilize all neonatal births and continuing care.