The First Level III NICU in Montana to Provide 24/7 in-house NICU Providers

Community Children’s at Community Medical Center in Missoula is the first level IIIB NICU in Montana to provide in-hospital neonatal providers 24/7. For babies that require immediate attention, a provider is now available in the hospital at all times; they no longer need to wait for them to drive in to the hospital after-hours.

“As a Level IIIB NICU, caring for critically ill babies born as small as twelve ounces from across Montana, all of our neonatal providers felt it was important that we provide in-house immediate care around the clock,” said Dr. Bonnie Stephens, Neonatologist, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and NICU Medical Director.

In addition, Community Children’s neonatologists are providing neonatology support to newborns born at Providence St Patrick Hospital who need Level II care, with those requiring Level III care being transferred to the NICU at Community Children’s. The hospital also provides a dedicated NICU Flight Team, that travels to outlying hospitals to stabilize babies born too early or with complications and transports them to the NICU in Missoula.

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