The Billy Miller Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Recognizing the advanced level of neonatal care available at Frederick
Memorial Hospital, the
Health Services Cost Review Commission
granted FMH permission to begin operating as a Level III A Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit. The designation as a NICU permits FMH to take care of babies
as young as 28 weeks gestational age. In the past, babies born this premature
were flown out to Baltimore or Washington, D.C. hospitals for care. Parents
were separated from their newborns, and either mom or dad had to make
the long trek to the city to be with the newest member of their family.
But with the advent of this new capability, families can now stay together
as Johns Hopkins Neonatologists take care of their preemie right here
at home in Frederick County.
Although the great majority of newborn babies - almost 90 percent - are
healthy and will not need high-risk newborn care, with more than 2,600
deliveries each year, the FMH BirthPlace staff recognizes the need for
our NICU. To care for high-risk newborns in The Billy Miller Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit, FMH has partnered with Johns Hopkins University Hospital
in order to provide the best academic faculty and care available. The
Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse practitioners are employed by Johns
Hopkins University Hospital and are located at FMH. Neonatologists, physicians
who specialize in the care of high risk newborns, and neonatal nurse practitioners
are in house 24 hours a day, 7 days-a-week, every day of the year. If
your baby requires specialized care, these neonatal specialists are always
in the hospital.
There is a close working relationship between the Neonatology group members,
your obstetrician, and your baby’s Pediatrician.
- A Neonatologist may be asked to meet with you before the infant’s
birth to discuss issues that impact on the health of the fetus and/or
the newborn infant after birth.
- If there are complications during the pregnancy, labor, or delivery, or
if a Cesarean section delivery is performed, then a member of the Neonatology
team may be asked to be present and to care for the newborn immediately
- If the need arises, your physician may ask a member of the Neonatology
group to consult or evaluate your newborn in the hospital.
In most cases, infants are stabilized and then sent on to the Newborn
Nursery. Sometimes, however, the infant needs to be admitted to the NICU
for an observation period or for treatment. Some babies, and particularly
premature infants, may need to spend more extended time in the NICU.