Downtown Nashville NICU

Everyone plans for the day that their child will be born, but not everyone plans on the possibility that they may need to use the services of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While the vast majority of infants are born healthy and without complications, sometimes special care is needed.

Our Level III NICU is a specialty unit for newborns who need additional care in their first days, weeks or months of life, due to prematurity or complications that arise after birth.

Neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners are in-house 24/7 at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial. An experienced multidisciplinary team works to develop the best treatment plan for each infant.

How We Treat Newborns

Our staff, uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and diagnostic tools, to ensure that these babies receive the appropriate level of treatment and care and achieve best possible outcomes. We use the latest technologies and a minimal stimulation environment for the developmental care of our most premature babies. Our experienced teams help babies quickly reach a level of maturity and health to allow them to go home with their parents.

Cardiologists, endocrinologists, radiologists and others may be involved depending on the child's case.

Family Centered Care

We understand that bonding with an infant is crucial during the first days and weeks after a baby is born. Our NICU staff is committed to providing high-quality care for infants and ensuring families are a central part of the care plan.

Even when families are away from the hospital, they can still view their baby 24/7. The NICU has 60 NICVIEW cameras that stream live visual images of your infant through a secure online portal. The passcode-protected portal allows parents and family members to view the infant with any device connected to the internet at any time of day when they are away from the hospital.

Transport Services

Our Neonatal Transport Team is crucial to ensuring we can help babies throughout the Middle Tennessee area. This highly-skilled group includes a neonatal nurse practitioner, a respiratory therapist and a registered nurse. The team not only provides for the stabilization and transport of premature or critically ill infants, but also to facilitate high-risk births. Through our TriStar family of hospitals, we can ensure babies are quickly brought to our Level III NICU during emergency situations.

Meet Our NICU Team


  • Sami Ismail, MD - Medical Director of NICU
  • Susan Campbell, MD
  • Ashraf Hamdan, M.D
  • Sarah Hassell, MD
  • Hadeer Karmo, MD
  • Lara McKee, MD
  • Eric Scott Palmer, MD

Our team also includes:

  • Specialty-trained nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Lactation consultants
  • Social workers
  • Case managers

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