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NICU Services

The expert team at the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital NICU uses the latest technology and resources to care for premature neonates as early as 22 weeks gestation and as small as 400 grams (14 oz).

NICU services include:

  • Ventilation
  • Head Cooling
  • Transport
  • Education
  • Simulation Training
  • Research
  • National and International Outreach


ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital utilizes every type of ventilatory support available for neonates including conventional ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide and neurally adjusted ventilator assist (NAVA) to take care of their critically ill newborns.

Neurally adjusted ventilator assist (NAVA) is a progressive mechanical ventilation method that is controlled by a patient’s brain. This technology provides synchronized ventilatory support for infants and may help reduce lifelong damage to the lungs.

Since its FDA approval in 2008, ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital has been one of the world leaders in NAVA. As one of the first user of NAVA in neonates in the world, Toledo Children’s has treated more than 600 neonates, more than the rest of the world combined. Physicians at Toledo Children’s also helped to develop the world-wide management strategies and clinical guidelines for using NAVA in neonates.

Toledo Children’s is represented at major pediatric conferences in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, California, Missouri, New York, Illinois, Canada, Russia, Brussels, Copenhagen, UAE, Spain and Istanbul. We have hosted visiting faculty from Ohio, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Sweden, UAE, and Spain who would like to learn more about NAVA.


More than 350 babies per year are transported to ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital’s newborn intensive care unit (NICU), which serves more than 29 hospitals across 27 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The transport team is able to provide specialized neonatal care to the baby from the moment the team arrives at the referring hospital until arrival at the NICU.


ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital NICU is a clinical training facility for medical students and pediatric residents from the University of Toledo Health Science Campus, family practice residents, neonatal nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nursing, respiratory therapy, EMT and paramedic students. They all work under the close supervision of the neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists. You may encounter many of these trainees helping to provide daily care to your baby.

Simulation Training

Members of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) team train with Baby Hal, a wireless, high fidelity mannequin, that simulates neonatal cardio-respiratory functions. Simulation scenarios include complex, high risk, high stress situations that allow participants to make mistakes and learn from them in a safe environment without any risk to real patients, this advanced simulation training helps to change a “team of experts” into an “expert team.”


ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital NICU actively participates in multiple research projects to continue to advance the field of neonatal medicine in order to provide ever improving care to future babies. You may be approached by a research associate to participate in a study. All studies have been approved by the ProMedica Pediatric Institutional Review Board, a regulatory body that oversees the protection of patients in research studies. You will be asked to sign a consent form that details the study and all the benefits and risks associated with participating. Remember that participation is voluntary and your baby will still receive the best possible care even if you choose not to participate. Please ask your doctor if you have any questions about participating in a research study.

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