Part of Niswonger Children's Hospital, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) treats more than 400 babies a year. Physicians specializing in neonatology - care of sick newborns - are joined by specially-trained nurses, dietitians, respiratory therapists, social workers and pediatric subspecialists who work as a team to provide the best care possible for our babies and their families.


The NICU is a component of the only state-designated perinatal center within a 100-mile radius. Services provided include:


  • Air/ground transport
  • Pediatric subspecialties
  • 24-hour perinatology/neonatology availability
  • Genetic ultrasound/lab
  • Multi-disciplinary follow-up clinic


Pediatric Subspecialists Available

Through affiliation with the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, 19 pediatric subspecialists are available on site at the NICU, as well as a full range of medical and subspecialty consultants. Pediatric specialty areas include:


  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care/Pulmonary
  • Developmental
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric Opthalmology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • Who Goes to NICU?

    When complications occur, physicians may recommend transferring ill or premature infants to the NICU where the resources of specially-trained healthcare professionals and specialized equipment are available. Johnson City Medical Center has been providing neonatal intensive care services since 1977, and the NICU is the only facility of its kind in this region. The 32-bed unit is the region's largest and most comprehensive neonatal intensive care facility with pediatric subspecialists available on-site.

    How Will My Baby be Transported?

    When transfer of infant patients is necessary, ground and air transportation are available. Equipped with specialized equipment and a specially trained transport team, both helicopter and a dedicated Children's Hospital ambulance are available 24 hours a day to safely transport infants to Johnson City Medical Center from other hospitals.

    Special Medical Care for Children

    Not long after The Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center, now Niswonger Children's Hospital, opened its doors, it became a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). NACHRI is a not-for-profit organization made up of institutions that specialize in medical care for children. Through NACHRI, institutions share information, educational programs and research results that improve the medical care of children. Niswonger Children's Hospital is one of 204 members of NACHRI hospitals throughout the United States and Canada that has met their rigorous qualifications for membership.

    Ronald McDonald House

    The Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House provides families with a "home away from home" for a nominal fee, while their children are receiving medical care. The House offers a relaxing atmosphere where families can rest after a long day at the hospital. Located across from Niswonger Children's Hospital, the House is easily accessible from Interstate 26.