Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Tampa General Hospital's Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for premature and critically ill newborns. Neonatologists from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and nurses trained in neonatal critical care staff our Level IV NICU. Parents are welcome to visit their infants 24-hours a day.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the new Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.The state-of-the-art NICU, which opened in 2011, is approximately 52,000 square feet with 82 beds. The NICU includes isolation rooms and an infant stabilization unit.
This unit incorporates several key design elements:
- Significant square footage per NICU bed
- An environment of healing
- Private beds and small pods
- More caregiving and personal space at the bedside
- Variable lighting and noise reduction methods
- Family support space
Tampa General is one of just 12 Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Centers designated by the State of Florida to deliver the highest level of medical care to premature and sick infants and to women with high-risk pregnancies.
In addition, TGH is one of just eight hospitals in Florida that provides extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a life-saving treatment for newborns with severe breathing difficulties. Similar to a heart-lung bypass machine, ECMO allows an infant’s lungs to rest and heal while the machine exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide in the infant’s blood.
Our neonatal transport team travels aboard TGH’s medical helicopters* or via ambulance to provide care during transport. This team includes a registered nurse and a respiratory therapist, specially trained to stabilize and transfer sick newborns to TGH from other hospitals in the region.
Process to transfer a patient to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The TGH Transfer Center is staffed 24 hours a day. To transfer a patient from another facility, call 1-800-247-4472. The sending facility will be asked to provide the following information: patient name, address, social security number, home phone, date of birth, diagnosis, name of referring facility, name of physician and reason for transfer.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
The NICU was designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction version 2.2 rating system and is pursuing Gold level certification.
To learn about the sustainable features and systems used in the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, click here.
*Helicopter services provided by AirMethods.