The neonatal intensive care unit at the American University of Beirut Medical Center AUBMC is a state of the art unit considered a center of excellence in Lebanon and the region. It receives referrals from all over Lebanon as well as neighboring countries. The NICU delivers the most advanced and sophisticated care to a variety of complex patients from the extremely premature at the limit of viability to the challenging surgical cases including the complicated cardiac patients requiring highly specialized surgery and post op care. Patients of different nationalities and with varieties of diseases are treated by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, social workers, psychologist, other supporting staff and the parents of the babies making the unit an ideal environment for collaboration and team work. The division of neonatology is one of the largest services in the department of pediatrics with approximately 1400 admissions per year, managed by close to 51 nursing staff with 2 nurse managers, and a medical team of 11 including attendings, fellows, residents, interns and medical students.
The new state of the art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU was inaugurated in November 2011 and can accommodate up to 23 patients in collaboration with the administration, nursing staff, and the department of pediatrics. The unit fulfils the latest recommendations and complies with joint commission requirements. The unit includes highly specialized equipment and technologies, with an isolation room, a procedure room, and a special room dedicated for parents.