Baptist Health Floyd opens its Level II NICU

Baptist Health Floyd. May 09, 2023

The new NICU has six bays to care for Level II babies.

New Albany, IN (May 8, 2023) - In April 2022 the Indiana State Department of Health announced that Baptist Health Floyd had fulfilled the requirements for certification as a Level II Obstetric and Neonatal Care facility. The process took more than six years to achieve.

On April 24, the hospital held a ribbon-cutting celebration to officially open its new NICU.

Babies fall into the Level II category if they are 32 weeks gestation or more, weigh at least 1,500 grams, require respiratory support, have low blood sugar, need nutrition managed or are sick and require antibiotics. Babies who are dismissed but are re-admitted needing specialized care may also be cared for in the NICU.  

“We heard loud and clear from people that they wanted to stay close to home. So now they can have their babies and we can take care of a higher level of sick babies after delivery right here instead of having to transfer them across the river,” said Baptist Health Floyd President Mike Schroyer.

The new NICU has six bays to care for Level II babies.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this level of care to the families in our community. Separation is very difficult, and with the addition of this Level II NICU, we will be able to keep babies here in the facility and close to their parents while still receiving high quality, neonatal intensive care,” said Emily Banet, MSM, BSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, director of Women and Children’s services at Baptist Health Floyd.