Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Kravis Children’s Hospital is a 46-bed, Level IV Regional Perinatal Center with the ability to care for the most complex patients and provide consultation to other neonatal units in the region.
What we do: Our neonatologists provide expert, comprehensive, family-centered care for more than 1,000 newborns each year. Infants under our care are born within the Mount Sinai Health System or are transferred from other neonatal units in the tri-state area. Our patients have medical or surgical problems including:
- Multi-organ system problems associated with prematurity
- Congenital disorders including heart problems
- Liver, intestinal, or kidney problems requiring consultation for organ transplant
- Rare metabolic disorders
- Complex congenital anomolies
Who we are: Our multidisciplinary staff includes board-certified neonatologists, neonatal fellows, neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgeons. Our unit is also staffed with more than 100 nurses who specialize in newborn care, as well as dedicated social workers, lactation consultants, music therapists, child life specialists, rehabilitation specialists, and respiratory therapists.
Why Choose Mount Sinai?
Our mission: We are dedicated to providing nurturing, family-centered care. Our entire staff recognizes and supports the vital role families play in the care of a sick newborn.
We coordinate and participate in pre-delivery, multidisciplinary meetings with expectant families when complex medical issues are anticipated. Meetings can include tours of relevant areas of the Women and Children’s Center where the baby and family will receive care.
The health care team in the NICU understands that having an infant in the ICU is an anxious time for parents and families. We are here to help you through your NICU experience. Our goal is to make the hospital experience as positive as possible for our patients and their families. We encourage parents to visit their baby as often as possible and to take an active role in the child’s care. What you notice about your baby is important. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in daily bedside medical rounds on their baby. At any time, we encourage you to ask questions about your baby’s progress and to raise any concerns about your child’s condition.
In addition to routine NICU care, we provide, as needed:
- Mechanical ventilation (including high frequency ventilation and nitric oxide)
- Therapeutic hypothermia
- Surgical evaluation/treatment by multiple dedicated pediatric surgical teams
- Pre-transplant evaluations
- Peritoneal dialysis
Our special programs include the following.
- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
- NICU Developmental Follow-up Clinic
- Fetal Diagnosis Center
- Fetal Heart Program
- Neonatal Palliative Care
- NICU-based social work support including the Parent Sharing Support Group,Sibling Saturday Program, NICU Family Advisory Council, and Parent CPR Training
- Music Therapy
- Child Life Services
- Chaplain services
- 24-hour live translation services, available in hundreds of languages
- Neonatal-focused research through the Stroustrup Lab, Mindich Child Health and Development Institute, and The Institute for Exposomic Research.
Our leadership includes the following faculty and staff
Interim Division Chief
Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Jennifer Bragg, MD
Director of the NICU Follow-Up Clinic
Courtney Juliano, MD
NICU Medical Director
Scarlett McKinsey, MD
Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
NICU Nurse Manager
NICU Nursing Clinical Coordinator
NICU Clinical Program Manager