About Us/Survival Rates
Since 1978, the Saint Barnabas Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has
been providing specialized care for New Jersey’s smallest and sickest
babies. As a level III Regional Perinatal Center, the NICU offers the
latest treatments and modalities in the field to provide the most advanced
care for more than 1,200 premature and ill newborns each year.
Mothers who are at high risk for complications during pregnancy come to
Saint Barnabas Medical Center for our specialized prenatal care and take
comfort in the fact that, if their baby needs special care after birth,
our NICU is among the best in the country and is equipped to diagnose
and treat a variety of problems.
What is unique about the NICU is the quality of care it delivers
When a premature infant enters the world at Saint Barnabas, he or she immediately
receives medical care by an attending neonatologist in the delivery room
and later in the NICU. There are neonatologists in-house at all times
(eight in the day time and two at night) ready to deliver the best possible
medical care. As a result, the survival rate of the smallest and sickest
babies is high and the morbidity rate is low compared to national and
Under the direction of dual board-certified neonatologists and staffed
by specialized neonatal intensive care nurses, the NICU Team works together
to meet the common goal of providing safe, quality care. Specialists in
other pediatric subspecialties are available for prompt consultation and
care, as are physical therapists, social workers, respiratory therapists
and pharmacists. Parents are encouraged to participate in their baby's care.
A team of social workers meet with each NICU family and offers a variety
of family-centered programming, including a NICU Support Group. Following
discharge, high-risk NICU babies are seen on an outpatient basis by the
neonatologists in the High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program. A developmental
psychologist is also on staff for follow-up of overall developmental status.
To learn more about the NICU, watch the
Vermont Oxford Network
Each month, VON-member hospitals report their mortality and morbidity data
(60 items) for each patient to the central office. In return, the office
sends to each individual hospital a detailed quarterly report comparing
the performance of each individual hospital. As a result, member hospitals
have a benchmark of data to compare and each NICU strives to be the best
performer among the network hospitals.
In addition to being an active member of VON, the Saint Barnabas NICU has
participated in the National-Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Collaborative
for Neonatology since 1999. This Collaborative consists of an elite group
of 53 VON member hospitals that work closely together to develop potentially
better practices using an evidence-based approach. The collaboration helps
improve quality of care and the outcomes of survivors.