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Meet Our Kids 2012

A Peek Inside Our NICU


Nowhere is life as fragile as it is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)and nowhere is it as resilient. Many of our tiniest preemies and most critically ill term babies fight for life and grow up to be healthy children, then adults. Such success stories are as much a testament to these infants’ resilience as they are evidence of the superb skills of our neonatologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, cardiologists, neurologists and gastroenterologists. But above all, behind every sick baby in the NICU who grows to be a healthy child, there is a dedicated, talented and loving nurse.

Follow nurse Kelley Ennis on a journey through the NICU, meet current and former patients and hear the parents of those who’ve graduated from the NICU.

Hear NICU nurse Kelley Ennis as she gives the radiothon DJs a look into her world





The NICU is one of only two level-4 NICUs in the State of Maryland. It treats more than 420 newborns a year. Supported by a wide range of pediatric specialty consultants, care is delivered by a dedicated staff of neonatal nurses in collaboration with subspecialty-trained neonatologists in our NICU. Our 45-bed NICU provides care to the East Baltimore population and serves as a major East coast referral center.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art medical technologies, including the various modes of mechanical ventilation, diagnostic evaluation and treatments, every attempt is made to deliver care in a manner that fosters optimal development of the newborn infant as well as incorporates the family into care plan initiatives.
The Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Program provides safe, effective and efficient transport for infants. It is operated as a joint partnership between Johns Hopkins Children's Center and University of Maryland Medical System, with oversight provided by both hospitals.