The mission of the Division of Neonatology and the Golisano Children’s Hospital NICU is to promote the health of preterm and term infants in a family-centered manner by providing state-of-the-art clinical care today and preparing for even better care tomorrow through discovery of new treatments, rigorous quality improvement and training future pediatricians and neonatologists.
The Division of Neonatology at the University of Rochester is responsible for the care of premature and critically ill infants born at Golisano Children's Hospital and at community hospitals throughout the Finger Lakes Region. The Division has an active program of clinical and laboratory research that complements these clinical activities and a fellowship program that trains future neonatologists. Learn more about our research and education for professionals.
Highly specialized newborn care is provided in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our NICU is a Level IV care facility and treats all neonatal medical and surgical problems, including advanced therapy for cardiac and pulmonary diseases, such as cardiac surgery and ECMO.
Many women with high-risk pregnancies are referred to URMC to consult with High-Risk Obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, and other specialists. Often, these expectant mothers deliver at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Strong Beginnings Obstetrical Units, so their babies can be immediately evaluated and transferred to the NICU, if necessary.
Regional Perinatal Center
Golisano Children's Hospital is the Regional Perinatal Center for the NYS Finger Lakes Region. Critically ill newborns from other hospitals and emergency care facilities in Rochester and 13 surrounding counties are frequently transferred to Golisano Children's Hospital. We also provide support to obstetricians and pediatricians in our SMH Newborn Nurseries, and the nurseries at Highland, Rochester General, FF Thompson and Unity Hospitals.
Our Neonatal Transport team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help, making sure each baby receives optimal care in transit.
NICU Continuing Care Program
The NICU Continuing Care Program (NCCP) provides special follow-up care for babies who have been in the NICU. Over 96% of infants admitted to the NICU survive and are discharged. Since all of these infants are at higher risk for developmental problems than other births, the Divisions of Neonatology and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics have established the NCCP to diagnose developmental problems early and arrange treatment.