Neonatal Intensive Care Services

St. Francis Medical Center - Downtown
309 Jackson Street
Monroe, LA 71201

Welcome to NICU

Giving birth is usually a time for celebration and joy. But if complications arise, it's comforting to know that this area's highest level of neonatal life-saving technology is available just down the hall from you. If you have your baby at St. Francis, you have that assurance.

St. Francis offers this area's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team consists of nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, case managers, lactation consultants along with physical and occupational therapist. During your baby's stay, our staff will work closely with one another in planning appropriate care for development based upon the needs of your baby and family as well as assisting you in preparation for discharge home.

Before you decide where to have your baby, know the difference a Level III NICU can make.

  • 35 bed unit
  • 2 neonatologists: Dr. Marc de Soler and Dr. Carmen Payne (a neonatologist is a pediatrician who specializes in the care and treatment of sick and premature newborns)
  • 44 nurses with 427 years of total experience; average of 9.72 years per nurse
  • 15 respiratory therapists with 153 years of experience; average of 10.2 years per therapist
  • Master's prepared social worker serving our maternal child patients
  • Unit-based pharmacist with satellite pharmacy on the floor
  • NICU transport team that is made up of a nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse and a respiratory therapist
  • Since 1984, neonatal transport team has brought almost 1,600 babies from area hospitals to St. Francis NICU
  • Outreach program to outlying hospitals in the northeastern section of the state
  • High-risk pregnancy/childbirth referral center for the entire region