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Some newborns need a little extra care. Palmetto General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is designed for those special deliveries. Babies treated in the NICU are infants who haven’t yet gone home from the hospital after being born. They’ve likely been born prematurely, experienced difficulties during their delivery or have signs of a problem very early on in their life. While in the NICU, your baby will receive care tailored to their condition, including special feeding schedules, medications and tests.

Our NICU Team

Families can rest assured that advanced medical care for premature or ill newborns can be found on-site. For infants with special needs, around-the-clock neonatal care is available in our licensed 15-bassinet, Level II Intensive Care Unit.

The NICU at Palmetto General Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day with a neonatologist, a doctor specializing in newborn intensive care. In addition to a neonatologist, our neonatology team includes doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists and other medical staff.

Although the doctor alone will make a diagnosis, NICU nurses have close and frequent contact with patients and are a valuable source of information and reassurance. The entire NICU healthcare team works to provide the best care for sick or at-risk newborns while they foster your bonding with your baby.

Meet Our Medical Director of the Level II NICU

Alberto R. Taño, M.D.

Medical Director of Neonatology at Palmetto General Hospital

TanoDr. Alberto R. Taño, Medical Director of Neonatology at Palmetto General Hospital, has overseen the care provided to our smallest patients in the neonatal intensive care unit since 1990. As medical director, he is responsible for clinical leadership and overall care of all newborn infants admitted to our Level II NICU. While in the NICU, babies receive care tailored to their condition, which often includes special feeding schedules, medications and tests.

Dr. Taño is a graduate of CETEC University in the Dominican Republic. He completed his internship at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center before going to the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where he completed his pediatric residency. Dr. Taño underwent fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. During his time at Palmetto General Hospital, he has also helped develop our Pediatric Emergency Department, which opened in 1996.

Dr. Taño is a member of the Dean Advisory Council at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in their department of Pediatrics. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Dr. Taño is an active member of the Florida Society of Neonatologists and the American Pediatric Society/ Society of Pediatric Research. He is Board Certified in both Neonatology and Pediatrics. 

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