Regional Perinatal Center (RPC)
Strong Memorial Hospital is the designated Regional Perinatal Center for New York State Finger Lakes Region.
The Center's mission is to provide perinatal care to women and their infants who are determined to be at high risk. (Perinatal refers to the time surrounding pregnancy and birth and the first year of the baby's life.) As a Regional Perinatal Center, Strong Memorial Hospital offers specialized perinatal treatment for high risk pregnancies and has the highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for preterm or sick infants.
The New York State Finger Lakes Region is comprised of nine counties. Seventeen community hospitals refer mothers and infants to the Regional Perinatal Center. In addition to the nine counties in the Finger Lakes Region, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit receives infant transports from five other counties in Upstate New York.
The New York State Department of Health requires Regional Perinatal Centers to provide the following services:
Subspecialty care in pediatrics, open heart surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and genetics
Maternal and neonatal transport program
Coordination of regional data collection and analysis among affiliate hospitals
Facilitation of Regional Perinatal Program
Assistance to affiliated hospitals on quality improvement activities
Regional education programs to ensure optimal perinatal care and stabilization