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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


State of-the-art healing for newborns

When the Holston Valley Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit opened in Kingsport 30 years ago, it was one of the first NICUs in Tennessee.

Of the thousands of babies born each year at Ballad Health hospitals, more than 250 are admitted to the Holston Valley NICU.

About the Level III NICU

In late 2016, Holston Valley opened an expanded neonatal intensive care unit.

This new NICU features:

  • A room for sterile procedures, such as peripherally inserted central catheters and circumcisions
  • A room designated for parents to spend the night with their child before discharge
  • Several private rooms, which provide a quieter environment and dimmer lighting to promote breastfeeding and parent-child bonding

A specially certified NICU medical team also provides important services to ensure the safety and well-being of your baby, including:

  • Hearing screenings for all newborns
  • Car seat challenge tests for babies before they go home

What babies get treated in the NICU?

It isn’t uncommon for the unit to have babies weighing less than a pound. Some of them are as young as 24 weeks gestation.

In general, any newborn needing lifesaving care will be transferred to the NICU.


If you have questions about the NICU, please call Nurse Connect at 833-8-BALLAD.

Or learn more about Holston Valley Medical Center.