Dayton Children's New NICU

imagine an evolution
in NICU care

Dayton Children's has embarked on a long-range facility and campus renewal plan for the hospital’s Valley Street campus to improve the delivery of care to children in our region for generations to come. The heart of the plan is a new 260,000 square-foot, eight-story patient tower in the center of hospital’s campus. Because nearly 70 percent of the current facilities are older than 35 years and have approached the end of useful life for the delivery of clinical care, the tower will feature all new spaces for specialized care. The tower's design will incorporate the most up to date features for delivery of the best comprehensive care to children in our community, including a new NICU for critically-ill newborns and premature babies

The new NICU will transform care in the region and offer an array of enhanced features. While the design and project specifics are not finalized, plans include:

  • A state-of-the-art NICU triple the size of the current facility
  • Private room concepts that provide adequate space for both the care of babies and their families
  • A dedicated entrance for the more than 70% of babies that arrive via transport
  • A more suitable environment for “Kangaroo Care” – skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, as well as more privacy and support for breastfeeding mothers
  • Additional space for isolation babies who have contagious conditions
  • Additional conference room space for education/training
  • A common area that can be used for families to socialize, dine and rest
  • Space for a milk lab where a dedicated lab technician can prepare feedings

Construction on the new patient tower started in March 2014; the new NICU will be one of the first areas constructed. The patient tower is a $141 million project and the entire facility is expected to be completed in 2017.


Dayton Children's NICU cares for the region's most fragile babies and their families.  Learn more.

The new NICU will offer more privacy to families for bonding and health-enhancing techniques like Kangaroo Care.

Bryce's LifePrint

Growing from a newborn struggling to breathe into a strong State Champion Athlete, Bryce's LifePrint began at Dayton Children's NICU. "Something that could have been a heart-breaking travesty instead turned into the beginning of my son's amazing life," says his father. Read Bryce's LifePrint.

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