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Franciscan Alliance Hospitals Lafayette East Services Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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There’s no better, safer place to have a baby.



“The babies in our NICU are incredibly small, but they’re fighters. So am I. I refuse to give up on them.”

- Dr. Rosario Chua, Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

There's no better, safer place to have a baby

Having a child is usually a joyful event. But if your baby is premature and struggling for life, Dr. Chua​ could be your guardian angel. As medical director of the Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she and her team give babies with the greatest needs a chance to grow and live normal, healthy lives. Her passion is contagious, giving parents hope while helping newborns at risk overcome the odds. It’s no surprise she’s one of the most hugged doctors in our hospitals.

We are a regional referral center for high risk pregnancies and provide state-of-the-art care for premature and ill infants in our Level III NICU​. Being a Level III NICU means that we have state-of-the-art technology and trained specialists to care for the most seriously ill infants.

​Levels of care are designated based on capabilities.

  • Level I NICUs provides basic neonatal care; it is the minimum required for any facility that provides maternity care
  • Level II NICUs are special care nurseries that offer basic care and are also equipped to treat infants who are moderately ill with problems that are expected to resolve quickly
  • Level III NICUs have specially trained personnel and equipment; they can provide continuous life support and comprehensive care for extremely high-risk newborn infants including preemies and those with complex and critical illness
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andreabrown-main.jpgMeet Andrea Brown

When envisioning country estates, you probably see something like the expansive home outside New Richmond that Andrea shares with her husband, Brian, and her 3-year-old son Christian.

After Andrea and Brian decided to add to their family in 2009, they learned she was carrying triplets. Once disbelief subsided, doubt set in: Could Andrea’s body handle all three babies? They leaned on their faith in God and their trust in Dr. Rosario Chua, director of the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.​


2013 NICU Reunion

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2014 Healthy Families Fun Fair and NICU Reunion

June 7, 2014, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Healthy Families Fun Fair and NICU reunion draws a large crowd each summer as dozens of former NICU patients come back to visit and say thanks.

The Healthy Families Fun Fair inspires families in a fun way to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. The event is free and will feature fun, kid-friendly activities at every booth.

A neonatologist is a pediatrician with special training in caring for babies that are sick and require intensive care after birth. In the Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health NICU, your baby is under physician supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette East

Women's Center
1701 S. Creasy Lane
Lafayette, IN 47905
PH: (765) 502-4620
FX: (765) 502-4631