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Regional NICU

The Regional NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH) of University of Rochester Medical Center provides Level 4 neonatal care for infants born throughout the 9 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) – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Module. The data elements collected in the NICU Module supplement core SPDS module data, providing additional data on clinical risk status and interventions for high-risk newborns. The high-risk neonatal module includes fully de-identified information on indications for NICU or Special Care Nursery (SCN) admission, neonatal diagnosis and outcomes for newborns cared for in a Finger Lakes NICU or SCN

SPDS-NICU Module data have been used in the design and implementation of quality improvement programs, including programs to reduce the NYS-wide incidence of Central Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI), evaluate health outcomes and reduce the incidence of elective late preterm delivery, to improve the health and safe care of mothers and to improve growth among extremely preterm infants.

Three hospitals in the Finger Lakes Region qualify as Level 2, 3 or 4 facilities. These include Arnot Ogden Medical Center (Level III) in Elmira, and Strong Memorial Hospital (Level IV)* and Rochester General Hospital (Level II) in Rochester. 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 Regional Perinatal Center (RPC) can access it's own data and the de-identified data from its affiliate  hospitals.

* Level IV designation - Not all states have Level IV designations. In NYS, a level IV means a Level III with regional oversight responsibilities, although it often connotes the presence of highly specialized services that may not be available at other Level III NICUs (i.e., pediatric cardiac surgery, ECMO, etc.).

CONTACT for emergent situations call (585) 275-2198 (our hotline)
                 for non-emergent (consultation) situations call (585) 275-2972


To get a better understanding of the data being collected you are encouraged to review the data collection forms:

Questions regarding NICU data submission may be directed to