MU Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) cares for more than 600 premature and critically ill infants each year.  The NICU offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive level three NICU services to the residents of mid-Missouri.

These services are provided by a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.  Our team includes specially trained nurses, physicians, respiratory care practitioners, advanced practice nurses, a lactation consultant, social workers and pharmacists.  In addition to working in the NICU, some of our specially trained nurses and respiratory care providers are members of our neonatal transport team.  Each year, the neonatal transport team coordinates the transportation of approximately 350 infants from other health care facilities to our Children’s Hospital NICU.  MU Children’s Hospital has the most equipped NICU in mid-Missouri.

MU Children’s Hospital NICU was established on July 1, 1971 at University Hospital under the guidance of neonatologist Elizabeth James, MD.  The NICU is currently led by John Pardalos, MD, who works closely with five other neonatologists.  Since 1971, the NICU has cared for more than 22,000 of Missouri’s tiniest patients.

Since the NICU renovation in 2010 that grew the NICU’s capacity from 28 beds to 38 beds and when Columbia Regional Hospital officially became MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, patient volumes have continued to increase.  In 2012, the average NICU census was 45 patients, which is considerably more than the 38 available beds.  The staff has been able to work with the increased census by placing some of our level II patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) since many of the PICU and NICU staff nurses are cross-trained.  However, this is not a long-term solution.

Our need for more space in the NICU has been approved, and we will be expanding the NICU to 48 beds.  The renovation plan will include twenty single patient rooms, a new nurse manager’s office, nourishment area, welcome desk, conference area and  two lactation areas.  These renovated areas will complement our newly remodeled NICU waiting area that provides a place of respite for patient families.

View NICU floor plan

Naming Opportunities (each)
Newly renovated NICU Area $1,000,000
Private Room wing $250,000
Welcome Desk $50,000
1 Family Infant room $25,000
1 Physician Multipurpose Room $25,000
1 Nurse Manager Office $10,000
1 Lactation Room (Donated by: Reece Raises Hope Foundation) Fully Funded
1 Employee Lounge $10,000
17 Single Patient Rooms $10,000
1 Nourishment Area (Donated by: Missouri Forest Foundation) Fully Funded
12 Open Alcove's-3rd floor $5,000
16 Open Alcove's-2nd floor $5,000

For more information or to learn how you can
support Children's Hospital,
please contact:

MU Health Care Office of Advancement

University of Missouri Health Care
One Hospital Drive, DC066.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 882-0488

Naming opportunities are offered as information only. The Chancellor of the University and the Board of Curators must approve all naming opportunities.