Babies who need to go to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit are usually admitted in the first 24 hours of life. This can included infants who are born early, who have problems during delivery, or those who show signs of a health issue in their first few days.

Tucson Medical Center's NICU is a highly skilled 42-bed Level III nursery with an all-RN staff. The unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TMC's NICU nurses provide expert and complex care to these critically ill infants. We nurture their growth and development, while working closely with a team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and social workers. Our families are an important part of the team as well. Our staff are commited, passionate and have the expert skills to make a difference for our patients and their families.

Your family is important to us. Having a baby in the intensive care unit can be a stressful and difficult experience for families. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this time easier for you. Click here for information on no-cost family lodging.

TMC's NICU also provides dedicated:

  • 24-hour Neonatology Coverage - physicians who specialize in the care of premature and ill newborns.
  • NICU Educator 
  • Infant Development Specialist 
  • Case Manager/Discharge Planner 
  • Social Service - a full-time social worker to provide support to all families in the NICU.