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Gosnell Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our Gosnell Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only one of its kind in the Finger Lakes Region. It's a highly specialized, nationally recognized center providing the highest level of care available for sick or premature newborns (Level IV), including advanced treatment for respiratory failure, heart disease, and neurologic injury.

Every year, we care for more than 1,200 newborns in our NICU. Most newborns admitted to our NICU are born at Strong Memorial Hospital as part of our Regional Perinatal Center high-risk obstetrical service. However, about 250 newborns are transferred to us annually, from 17 referral hospitals, nearly all by our Neonatal Transport team.

What to Expect

Our new NICU includes 44 private beds in the new Golisano Children's Hospital tower and 24 beds in the Strong Memorial Hospital Nursery, which are also predominately single family spaces. Our new 8-bed, transitional care nursery, located near the Strong Beginnings Birth Center, focuses on care for babies who need intense observation and monitoring, but whose mothers are inpatient. The private rooms not only allow for more space, but also support infection control and enable parents to more actively participate in their child's care.

"Our NICU has the latest design elements and the best innovative technology that was available to make it the safest, most advanced NICU for patient care."
- Dr. Carl D'Angio, Division of Neonatology, Chief

The NICU and the Strong Memorial Hospital Nursery are designed and staffed to provide superior medical and developmental care for our newborns, and communication and support for parents.

  • All blood gas and electrolyte tests are done in our on-site NICU lab by staff who are involved in your newborn's care. That means results are available quickly.
  • We can choose the bed, warmer, incubator or crib that is just right for your baby. Our six Omnibeds (also called Giraffe beds because of the way they open) can be used as incubators and warmers so our more fragile babies don’t have to be moved between the two. Babies can even be weighed on a built-in scale.
  • Bedside digital x-rays, ultrasounds, EEGs, and pulmonary function tests reduce stress for our babies and speed response times. The images and tracings are available online to doctors in other parts of the hospital or from home.
  • Because acutely premature and sick newborns can be hypersensitive to the environment outside the womb, we work to provide a secure and soothing atmosphere to minimize stress and help your baby to cope better and grow faster.
    • Lights are subdued and bedside activity is minimized during "infant quiet times" from 1–6 a.m., 10–10:30 a.m., and 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    • Special design techniques have been used to reduce noise levels overall, and a special 8 bed room has been specially developed to provide a soothing environment for the most sensitive infants.
    • We support kangaroo care—skin-to-skin contact between parent and child—to help calm your baby and improve his or her sleeping patterns when he or she is stable enough and can tolerate being touched.
  • Laptop computers allow doctors to review electronic medical records and tests, compare them to gage your baby's progress and share them with you right at your baby's bedside.
  • A private family room is a convenient location for you to conference with your baby's team. Three breastfeeding/nesting rooms provide for privacy in feeding or breast pumping in a quiet environment.
  • In addition to the full complement of doctors, physicians assistants, and nurses, our NICU is fortunate to have respiratory therapists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, a child life developmental expert, and social workers, all of whom are wholly dedicated to the unit.
  • All members of your baby's team are especially attuned to meeting his or her special emotional, behavioral and developmental needs. Our goal is to help your baby continue the normal brain development that occurs prior to birth in the most natural way possible. By paying close attention to your baby's "signals" we can help your newborn develop new abilities, maximize comfort, and ensure proper bonding with you.
  • Two Ronald McDonald Houses, one within the hospital, are available to accommodate parents of our most critically ill infants.
  • A special discharge team meets frequently to discuss each baby's needs while they're with us and at the time of discharge (discharge planning). Various members of our team will help you with all the details, including transport to a hospital near you if your baby isn't ready to go home, follow-up appointments, insurance, home care help, special equipment for your home and information on how to handle virtually all eventualities.

Information for Parents

Parents are key members of the NICU team. Our goal is to involve you as fully as possible in your newborn's journey. We hope the following information will help: