Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)


Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. NICUs may also have intermediate or continuing care areas for babies who are not as sick but do need specialized nursing care.

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. In the U.S., nearly half a million babies are born preterm, and many of these babies also have low birth weights. Twins, triplets, and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections, or birth defects are also cared for in the NICU.

Our approach

North Shore-LIJ is dedicated to providing the best in care to its neonatal patients. The 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). Patients also have direct access to other pediatric services at Cohen Children’s Medical Center if needed.

NICUs are available at the following facilities:

  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center: Regional Perinatal Center
  • North Shore University Hospital: Level 3 NICU, Regional Perinatal Center
  • Lenox Hill Hospital: Level 3 NICU
  • Staten Island University Hospital – North Site: Level 3 NICU
  • Forest Hills Hospital: Level 2 NICU
  • Huntington Hospital: Level 2 NICU
  • Plainview Hospital: Level 2 NICU
  • Southside Hospital: Level 2 NICU