Nursing Excellence: Women & Infants

Antepartum/Gynecology Unit

The 4 East Antepartum/Gynecology Unit is a private 23 bed unit dedicated to Women’s Health.  The unit cares for undelivered (antepartum) high-risk patients with diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension, preterm labor, and other conditions.  The unit also cares for patients who have conditions/surgeries related to gynecology, urology and gynecologic cancers.

The staff on this unit are specially trained in caring for antepartum/gynecology/urology patients and hold a specialty certification in fetal monitoring.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is designated by the state as a Level III Regional Referral Center for High Risk Infants as well as the High Risk Obstetric Referral Center for the region. Operating in these capacities provides the advantage of infants being more likely to deliver at the center where the most advanced healthcare can be provided immediately (which leads to better outcomes for the baby) and with minimal separation of the mother from her infant. With these designations and responsibilities, we lend ourselves to being the optimal place to care for infants at risk.

The NICU has been in existence since 1972 and has been on the cutting edge of practice since that time. Being affiliated with an academic medical center has had many advantages including advanced technologies and access to the latest scientific information. The physicians and nurses in the NICU have a uniquely collegial approach to patient care delivery. As a Level III Center, there are opportunities for nurses to be involved with the care of infants and families with a vast span of needs and the variety of cases experienced is a challenge even for the most excellent nurse.

Qualifications for working in this exciting environment include a desire to help premature and newborn infants and families in critical need, Tennessee Licensure as a RN and prior experience in NICU preferred but not required.  Orientation includes NRP and STABLE courses as well as orientation with an experienced preceptor. We also offer an apprentice program for new graduates which includes 16-18 weeks of orientation with an experienced preceptor, NRP and STABLE courses, neonatal education curriculum and nurse residency program. Interested new graduates need to apply to the nurse residency program and indicate that their area of interest is the NICU.

Labor & Delivery

Labor and Delivery at UT Medical Center is the Regional Referral Center for High Risk Obstetrical Care. Maternal fetal medicine specialists always are available. There also is 24-hour coverage with an in-house obstetrician and anesthesiologists. The staff in Labor and Delivery are committed to providing family-centered care in a safe environment. Mom and baby are kept together in order to facilitate early bonding. There are 12 labor rooms and 3 operating suites. The Intensive Care Nursery is nearby if needed.

Mother/Baby Unit

The Mother/Baby Unit on 3 West is a private 30-bed unit dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to both mother and baby. This provides couplet care, which means one nurse cares for mother and baby together.  This allows new moms to room-in and learn how to care for their newborn in the safety of the hospital.  The nurses on this unit are specially trained in the care of the newborn and postpartum patient and are certified in Neonatal Resuscitation.

The Mother/Baby Unit staff includes Lactation Consultants who specialize in supporting and assisting new moms who choose to breastfeed. These team members are registered nurses who are internationally board certified in Lactation Consultation.

Contact Us

Center for Women & Infants
1932 Alcoa Highway, Box 96
Knoxville, TN 37920


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The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a three-time Magnet® recognized hospital, Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. The 710-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center oversees a network of primary care and specialty care physicians, outpatient regional health centers and urgent care locations throughout its 21-county service area.

Nursing Excellence at the Medical Center

Brain & Spine Institute

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Stroke Team is committed to providing evidence-based care to East Tennesseans experiencing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Cancer Institute

As the largest provider of cancer care in the region, the Cancer Institute offers the broadest spectrum of cancer specialists and services to care for the adult population.

Clinical Services

Endoscopy services include diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal and pulmonary procedures.

Emergency & Trauma

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Emergency Department is the tertiary referral center for medical care in the East Tennessee region. It is the area’s only designated Level I Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics. 

Heart Lung Vascular Institute

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is a multidisciplinary department providing cardiac services for inpatient and outpatient adult populations. 

Medical Surgical

General Surgery and Gastroenterology is a 30-bed acute care telemetry unit within the medical-surgical service line. 

Orthopaedic Institute

The Orthopaedic Institute and University Orthopaedic Surgeons are dedicated to providing quality, safe, and patient centered care through a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services.

Other Areas

The Ambulatory Infusion Center is designed to provide a quick and comfortable setting for patients needing IV therapy.


The Pre-Anesthesia Testing Unit is for patients having surgery or other interventional procedures requiring anesthesia. 

Women & Infants

The 4 East Antepartum / Gynecology Unit is a private 23 bed unit dedicated to Women’s Health.