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Jul 2 2013
Our NICU is Here for You
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What do we all dream of when we become pregnant?  Having a healthy, baby, right?  Well, it should be more than a dream.  All it takes is knowing that you’ve covered all the bases during your planning. One big “what if…?” is what happens if your baby comes early, or has medical problems after birth. At St. Joseph’s we have these bases well covered.

Intensive care of newborns is divided into three categories, designated 1-3, with Level 3 being the highest level. St. Joseph’s has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the first in Syracuse. We have four Board Certified Neonatologists (pediatricians with special training in Newborn Intensive Care) also available 24 hours a day, and are staffed in-house 24 hours per day by experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. 

As with most NICUs at this level, we teach young doctors and are actively engaged in research. We are the only NICU in CNY to participate in an international database to allow us to keep close track of our quality, and are the only NICU to be using an electronic medical record for physician documentation. Our physicians are part of a national organization that employs 20% of all US neonatologists, giving us tremendous depth of resources.  We are one of only five hospitals in NY State to be awarded the Baby Friendly designation (only given to hospitals with the greatest commitment and support for breast feeding), and one of the few to be using the patient safety program called MoreOB

However, I think what distinguishes us most is our dedication to the care of the whole family, with open visiting, patience with teaching and explanation, and a room for mom stay when she wants to remain with their child. We are in a process of always working to improve, be state of the art but still grounded, and treat our patients, their families and our staff with genuine love and care.


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Charles July 3, 2013 at 08:23 am

We had a premature baby a couple of years ago. While parenthood was not a new experience for us, this was a challenging event. The NICU at St Joseph's was terrific. We were given every opportunity to spend time with our new baby and had plenty of support from the NICU staff. She received an excellent level of care that has given her the best possible chance to be healthy.



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