Neonatal Intensive Care Services
North Shore-LIJ is dedicated to providing the best in care to our neonatal patients. Our hospitals are equipped with specialists to treat premature and sick newborn babies. Special emphasis is placed on helping parents cope with the demands of having an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
North Shore University Hospital
The NICU at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset is a 51-bassinet, fully equipped, state-of-the art, regional center for the intensive care of premature and sick full-term infants. Specially trained physicians, nurses and personnel use sophisticated monitoring and supportive equipment to continuously oversee their tiny patients.
Complete mother and baby care is the philosophy here. Infants and mothers are cared for as a couple from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This arrangement promotes bonding between mother, father and baby. Upon request, babies can be returned to the nursery.
After 10 p.m., babies are cared for in the nursery, but can be brought to the mother for feedings during the night. Parents are instructed in the day-to-day activities, methods of care, nutritional support (including breast feeding) and growth and development of their infants. Hospital social workers and discharge coordinators offer parents support and act as the family's ombudsman. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to visit their infant daily.
Forest Hills Hospital
At Forest Hills Hospital, a Level 2 nursery provides care to neonates requiring specialized care. The unit's equipment and supplies are geared to the needs of these infants and the staff is specially trained. A multi-disciplinary approach of care is practiced. Parents have unlimited visiting, giving them easy access to their infants and reducing separation trauma.
The Level 2 staff will assess, evaluate and care for newborns from birth to their discharge. This benefits the community and patient greatly, as the hospital is now able to keep the mother and child together and handle high-risk pregnancies.
At Plainview Hospital, well newborns are admitted directly into the nursery and, after stabilization, transferred to a designated nursery bassinet for the remainder of their stay, generally two to four days. Rooming-in of the infant with mother is encouraged and breast-feeding and on-demand feeding schedules are fostered. All infants are cared for utilizing a cooperative, interdisciplinary, family-centered approach. The unit provides care for many different conditions and diagnoses such as newborn transitional stage, regular newborn care and care of sick and critically ill newborns who have not left the hospital setting. Neonatologists are available in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week to render care for the newborn during delivery and after, as well as consultation to the parents.
Approximately 1,900 newborns are delivered at Huntington Hospital each year. The majority are cared for by the pediatric attending staff. To assist with the care of sick newborns, there is a continuously staffed neonatology service from the Division of Newborn Medicine at North Shore University Hospital.
Attending and fellow-level specialists in neonatology manage a range of problems, including:
- Premature birth
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Neonatal infections
- Infants of diabetic mothers
Neonates who require prolonged high-acuity intensive care, surgical or complex subspecialty care more efficiently delivered in the tertiary center may be transferred to the NICU at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Both transfer to and return from the tertiary center are carried out with thoughtful consideration to continuity of care.