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Specialized Care

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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 in 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.


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.

High-Risk Pregnancies

Many women with high-risk pregnancies are referred to URMC to consult with High-Risk Obstetricians, geneticists and Neonatologists. 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

As 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. 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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (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 Division of Neonatology has established the NCCP to diagnose developmental problems early and arrange treatment. NICU graduates at highest risk are seen in a special clinic by experienced evaluators (NICU Continuing Care Clinic). NICU graduates with a lower risk of developmental problems, who do not meet the criteria for participating in the NICU Continuing Care Clinic, are followed via mailed family and pediatrician surveys (NICU Continuing Care Tracking Program).

We also provide support to obstetricians and pediatricians in our SMH Well Baby Newborn Nurseries, and the Special Care Nurseries at Highland, Rochester General, and Park Ridge Hospitals.

Infant in incubatorOur Mission and Values

We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to babies of the Finger Lakes Region and are committed to the education and training of physicians and scientists through a diligent research program that respects and incorporates both basic science and clinical investigation.

  • All babies, regardless of their illness, are best cared for in the most nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment possible.
  • Our newborn patients are best cared for in the context of their families' support and values.
  • Parents are essential participants in medical decision-making about their babies' care.
  • Communication with parents is central to our mission.