Until now, newborn infants in Hudson County who presented with a variety of serious illnesses were taken to Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) in neighboring counties to receive the kind of intensive care and monitoring they needed to return to health.
That’s now changed with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Jersey City Medical Center, the region’s only state-designated "Perinatal Center," is now accepting and treating infants who suffer from jaundice, feeding issues, vomiting, head trauma or many other non-contagious conditions requiring close and ongoing 24-hour supervision during the first 28 days of life.
This service is now available as a result of an investment the hospital has made in a central station to provide around-the-clock monitoring to these patients in the NICU. Patients who come to the NICU either through the emergency department or their private doctor will now receive the kind of intensive care by the hospital’s specially trained and board certified neonatologists and nurses that previously was only available at institutions outside the county.
Parents can now feel confident knowing that excellent care is only minutes from home.
About the NICU
Advances in care at Jersey City Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have given newborns, some as small as 500 grams (about one pounds) and more than four months premature, a fighting chance not only to survive but to lead normal and healthy lives.
This was not always the case. Survival rates were once poor for babies born prematurely with low birth weight due to insufficiently developed lungs and brains. Those who did survive often faced long-term health consequences.
Dr. Suhail Alsheikh the unit’s medical director, and his team of specialists today have at their disposal the technology to provide better ventilation for babies with poorly developed lungs. They are more aggressive in making sure these fragile newborns receive better nutrition. They have the ability to monitor for brain damage or bleeding in the brain, and implement rigorous protocols to prevent infection. They know now to treat these tiny babies with sensible use of oxygen, which in the past was the primary culprit in causing blindness and other eye problems. And, they know the importance of closely following these patients for months and even years after they leave the hospital.
Jersey City Medical Center’s NICU treats approximately 10% of the 1,700 or so babies delivered annually at the hospital. About 20% are cared for in its Intermediate Care Nursery.
Dr. Alsheikh, medical director of the Jersey City Medical Center’s NICU, and his staff now treat both NICU readmissions and full-term babies who require close and ongoing 24-hour supervision during the first 28 days of life.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Jersey City Medical Center
4 West, 355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ
For information or admission call 201-915-2330
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