The Regional NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH) of University of Rochester Medical Center provide Level 4 neonatal care for infants born throughout the 13 County Finger Lakes Region. Like all hospitals in NYS that provide high risk neonatal care services (Levels 2, 3 and 4 facilities), the NICU at GCH participates in and reports neonatal outcomes to the Statewide Perinatal Data System (SPDS) – NICU Module. The data elements collected supplement core SPDS module data, providing additional data on clinical risk status and interventions for high-risk newborns. The high-risk neonatal module also includes information on all newborns who die in the delivery room or in transit to the neonatal special care unit. The SPDS-NICU Module data that have been used in the design and implementation of quality improvement programs to reduce the incidence of Central Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) across NYS as well as to evaluate health outcomes of late preterm delivery, Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and nosocomial sepsis.
Three hospitals in the Finger Lakes Region qualify as Level 2, 3 or 4 facilities. These include Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, and Strong Memorial Hospital and Rochester General Hospital in Rochester. Arnot Ogden Medical Center began submitting Neonatal Intensive Care Unit data to the New York State Department of Health, in the spring of 2003. Strong Memorial Hospital began data submission in the fall of 2003. Rochester General Hospital began data submission in 2004.
Data submitted to the state is available to the participating hospitals for review and data analysis through a data export function that is easily accessed through the State’s Internet NICU module. Strong Memorial Hospital, as the region’s RPC, can access its own data and the de-identified data from its affiliate hospitals
To get a better understanding of the data being collected you are encouraged to review the data collection forms:
and the NICU Data Users Guide
Questions regarding NICU data submission may be directed to Barbara Suter.