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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kravis Children's Hospital
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Kravis Children's Hospital is a 35-bed, Level 3 Regional Perinatal Center—the highest designation for recognizing the ability to care for the most complex patients and provide consultation to other neonatal units in the region. Our group of neonatologists provides comprehensive care for more than 800 newborns each year, and Mount Sinai NICU has among the lowest infection rates in New York State.
The infants under our care are born at Mount Sinai or transferred from other neonatal units in the region with medical and/or surgical problems ranging from:
- Rare metabolic or congenital heart disorders
- Heart disorders
- Liver, intestinal, and kidney failure
- Common problems associated with prematurity
Our expert medical staff comprises neonatalogists, pediatric subspecialists (gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, hematology, etc.) and pediatric surgeons. Additionally, the unit staffs more than 65 full-time nurses who specialize in newborn care, as well as social workers, lactation consultants, rehabilitation specialists, and respiratory therapists.
Comprehensive, Family-centered Care
In the NICU, we care for babies born prematurely, with birth defects such as congenital heart disease or with metabolic and genetic conditions. In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, we take care of transplant patients and children with lung conditions such as pneumonia and asthma.
A special feature of the neonatal intensive care unit is its unwavering dedication to our unique family-centered approach. We offer:
- Two full-time social workers on staff, providing assurance that the help and resources families require during stressful times is consistently available
- Two separate breast milk pumping rooms and facilities for both refrigerating and freezing milk
- Regular educational and social programs for parents and a monthly “Sibling Saturday” to provide opportunities to accommodate important family needs
We also are delighted to be able to provide pre-delivery meetings with expectant families of a child who may have special needs. These meetings are held with experts in a number of facets of care and include tours of the relevant areas where the baby and family will receive medical care. Most importantly, our entire staff recognizes and understands the vital role families play in the care of a sick newborn.
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