Newborns who need special or intensive care are often admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Pavilion. The newly renovated, Level III NICU—one of the most technologically advanced NICU's in the nine-parish Acadiana area—is now at a capacity of 25 beds.
Caring for the tiniest patients requires a combination of precise skills, complex technology, specialized facilities and a caring, compassionate and knowledgeable staff. Our caregivers include neonatologists Dr. David DeIulio (Director of Neonatology), Dr. Matthew Cortez, and Dr. Sarita Sharma-Choudry, 5 full-time and 2 part-time neonatal nurse practitioners, subspecialty pediatricians like pediatric cardiologists and gastroenterologists, as well as dedicated registered nurses. In addition, LGMC provides a team of other professionals including respiratory therapists, dietitians, lactation consultants, occupational therapists, social workers and hospital chaplains.
We recognize that not all NICU patients need the same level of care; therefore our unit is structured with three different levels so that as babies progress, they and their parents can transition to more independence and spend more time together. At each step, parents are educated how to care for their baby so that families are ready for discharge when that special day comes. Our lactation consultants are well versed in helping mothers provide nutrient-rich breast milk, even while baby is in the NICU.
Lafayette General's Level III NICU is committed to improving the
quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their
families. Our voluntary affiliation with the Vermont Oxford Network*
provides ongoing, real-time reviews of our outcomes, allowing us to
identify areas of need and to objectively determine improvement