TriStar Centennial January 10, 2019

Proud parents, Brooke and Dakota Smith of Clarksville, Tenn. hold their new baby girl, Isabella who was treated in the TriStar Centennial Women's Hospital NICU.

The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial has added 60 NICVIEW web streaming cameras to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The introduction of the NICVIEW technology is part of TriStar Health's division-wide installation of 75 cameras inside the NICUs at five of its Nashville-area hospitals, including TriStar Centennial, TriStar StoneCrest, TriStar Summit, TriStar Hendersonville and TriStar Horizon.

Each NICVIEW camera is mounted on the wall near the infant's bed and allows families to view their babies 24/7 through a password protected livestream.

"The installation of 60 NICVIEW cameras is a testament to our commitment to family-centered care" said Scott Cihak, CEO of TriStar Centennial Medical Center. "We understand that bonding plays a crucial role in the first days, weeks and months of an infant's life, and these cameras will ensure the best possible experience for our patients and their families."

The Level III NICU at the Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial treats newborns who need additional care in their first days, weeks or months of life due to premature birth or complications that arise after delivery. Neonatal transport services are also offered, allowing critically-ill newborns throughout Middle Tennessee convenient access to the highly-specialized care offered at TriStar Centennial.

Many NICU families travel long distances from their homes which may limit the amount of time they can spend with their newborns. The new NICVIEW cameras are especially important for those families, allowing them to stay connected and close to their child.

Brooke and Dakota Smith are one such example as their newborn, Isabella, was a NICU patient at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial. The family is from Clarksville, Tenn., where Dakota serves in the military and is based at Fort Campbell.

"There are few things harder than being away from my baby girl, especially while she was in the hospital. But with the demands of work and life, and the responsibility I have as a member of our nation's armed forces, it was necessary for me to return to my post," said Dakota Smith. "The NICVIEW camera has been incredible for our family. I love watching our baby girl, and knowing that she is doing OK even when I'm not there. This technology has helped us feel closer to Isabella, and provided peace of mind during this challenging time."

All 60 cameras are currently operational at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial. For more information about the NICU, as well as information about labor and delivery services, please visit TristarCentennial.com