Born prematurely 25 years ago, woman now a nurse at hospital that saved her life.
The Division of Neonatology is a Level IV Regional Perinatal Center which
provides highly specialized treatment to nearly 750 premature and critically
ill newborns each year and receives referrals from more than 15 hospitals
in New Jersey and surrounding states.
The neonatal team consists of 12 board-certified neonatologists, specially
trained nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses, therapists, social workers
and technologists who work together under the principles of family-centered
care. Neonatologists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to
provide care for these fragile newborns, meet with families and for consultations.
The NICU provides specialized care for newborns and offers New Jersey’s
only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for infants in
severe respiratory distress. As a modification of cardiopulmonary bypass,
ECMO aids newborns who have not responded to usual therapies such as mechanical
ventilation, drugs and surgery.
The NICU services include:
- Regional Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Apnea Program
- Jet and Oscillator Ventilation
- Nitric Oxide Treatments
- Neonatal Transport Team
- Comprehensive Parent Teaching Program
Our survival rates exceed those of national benchmarks. While our number
of Low Birth Weight babies ranks amongst the highest percentiles nationally,
our survivals are among the top quartile.
The Neonatal Transport Program safely transports critically-ill newborns
to our center and back transports many to the originating Level II’s
for recuperation. In 2004, 188 sick newborns were transported from outside
institutions to our NICU for care. CHNJ continues to have one of the highest
“back-transport” rates in the state. The transport team consists
of a neonatologist and a registered neonatal nurse with special training
in transport. An EMT is also part of the team. In 2004, five full-time
transport nurses as well as a transport/ECMO coordinator were on staff.
We are capable of transporting a newborn with inhaled Nitric Oxide therapy
To attain the best outcomes for our babies, the High Risk Infant Follow-up
(HRIF) team of experts monitors and evaluates the growth and development
of infants at risk. The team consists of neonatologists, a neurodevelopmentalist,
a developmental psychologist, physical and occupational therapists, a
neonatal nurse, social worker and an ophthalmologist. This same team follows
the infant after discharge from the NICU. To ensure early identification
of developmental delays and timely referrals to specialists, infants are
seen at one, four, eight, 12 and 24 months. Babies treated with ECMO are
followed to five years of age.