The Division of Neonatology provides in-patient intensive care, consultative support and neonatal transport services for critically ill infants in Tennessee and beyond. Vanderbilt Neonatology consistently ranks as one of the top neonatology programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
The NICU is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by pediatric health care professionals trained to treat the most complex problems facing newborn infants. The NICU in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital features single-patient rooms and can accommodate 66 infants. An additional 36 beds in the Stahlman NICU and Treehouse NICU in the Vanderbilt University Hospital keep inborn babies close to their mothers and are attached by a bridge to the NICU in the Children’s Hospital. As the Regional Perinatal Center for Middle Tennessee, the Children's Hospital NICU provides many services unavailable elsewhere in our region, including ECMO for infants with life threatening lung and heart diseases, special imaging procedures, head cooling therapy for infants with brain injury, and pediatric general and subspecialty surgery, including urologic, ENT, neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
The division also provides full-time, on-site neonatology services at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee, Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tennessee, and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee.
The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Care (TIPQC) seeks to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants in Tennessee by engaging key stakeholders in a perinatal quality collaborative that will identify opportunities to optimize birth outcomes and implement performance improvement initiatives.
The goal is for all 27 NICUs in Tennessee, as well as obstetrical and pediatric practices, to join TIPQC to participate in evidence based, data-driven projects to improve prenatal care, reduce infant mortality and reduce complications of preterm birth. All NICUs are asked to join an existing national quality improvement network called the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) and to share data about NICU practices and outcomes. TIPQC will develop tool kits for quality improvement projects, teach teams how to implement and monitor changes in their practice and establish a statewide database to analyze the impact of those changes on infant outcomes. Peter Grubb, M.D. of the Division of Neonatology is serving as TIPQC's first medical director.