Neonatology

High-level care for our littlest patients

Trust our NICU team to support your baby and your family

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) is the only hospital in the Mid-Hudson Valley with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature, underweight and critically ill infants. To keep you and your baby as comfortable and as stress-free as possible, our 15-bed NICU facility is staffed 24/7 with a multidisciplinary team, each one personally attuned to your newborn’s needs.

The integrative NICU team includes highly-trained providers and nurses specially trained in infant care. Among them are physicians board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine; physician assistants with advanced training in neonatal care; nurse practitioners; registered nurses; lactation consultants; and licensed respiratory, speech, occupational and physical therapists.

For high-risk pregnancy patients, the team also works with the in-house VBMC perinatologist (maternal fetal medicine physician) to prepare for, or prevent, post-birth complications.

A case manager trained to help families cope with the hospitalization of an infant is available to provide you with emotional support and assist with financial arrangements, transportation, insurance, government programs and discharge planning.

All of our staff understand the worry of having sick newborn and share in the joy of families who take home their healthy baby after a stay with us.

Why Choose Us?

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the only hospital in the Mid-Hudson Valley with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature, underweight and critically ill infants.

We are the only provider in the Mid-Hudson Valley to offer in-house maternal fetal medicine  — giving peace of mind to at-risk pregnant women who can receive superior care without traveling far from home.

Through our highly experienced multidisciplinary team, advanced technology and 24/7 care, we make keeping you and your baby healthy our top priority before, during and after birth.

Each year we provide care for approximately 350 infants. Approximately 50 are transferred to our NICU from other hospitals.

We are proud members of the Vermont Oxford Network, a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of neonatal care.

As a NICU parent, you can visit your baby 24/7, which can mean late hours. That’s why we set aside special areas for parental needs, including a room for overnight stays; a breast milk pumping room equipped with a computer for researching newborn topics and a consultation area, which doubles as a classroom.

Testing and Procedures

During his or her stay in the NICU, your baby may have several tests and procedures.

Your baby’s care team will tell you which tests and procedures are recommended.

Testing can include:

Treatments and Procedures

Procedures offered by our neonatologists include:

  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Arterial line to check blood pressure and for blood tests
  • Blood transfusion
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for respiratory support
  • ECMO
  • Endotracheal tube (ETT)
  • Heel stick
  • High Frequency Oscillator Treatment to help with infant breathing
  • Nasal cannula
  • Nasogastric tube for feeding babies
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Phototherapy (“Bili Light”) to treat jaundice
  • Percutaneously Intravenous Central Catheter (PICC Line) to introduce medicine or fluids
  • Therapeutic hypothermia
  • Ventilator or respirator treatment