Arkansas Children’s Hospital has the only Arkansas Department of Health-designated Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the state. Arkansas Children’s Hospital has created the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Nursery Alliance to support hospitals around the state so that their patients and families can receive care closer to home.

The agreement, part of Arkansas Children’s statewide network of care, puts into place coordination of care between neonatologists, nursing, and other clinical staff at ACH’s NICU and physicians in member hospitals’ NICUs and newborn nurseries to help further improve the quality of newborn care as measured through outcomes, in particular, infant mortality.

The Nursery Alliance creates networking and learning opportunities for both hospital members and Arkansas Children's Hospital, shared between people who are caring for newborns to work together to improve the health and well-being of babies and their families.