Premature and critically ill full-term infants require highly specialized neonatal care in order to meet their clinical needs and promote normal development. At Atlantic Health System, we provide comprehensive neonatal care for infants and support for their families in order to ensure that our infants have bright and healthy futures.
Our experienced, multidisciplinary neonatal team cares for more than 1,000 infants each year across our medical centers.
Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
Our NICUs are sophisticated intensive care units that offer technologically advanced equipment and a wide range of cutting edge therapies. Our NICU medical teams are on-site around the clock and attend every delivery in which postnatal complications are deemed possible. Patient care in the NICU is dynamic and personalized, with an emphasis on Family-Centered Care. In fact, parents and families are an integral part of the healing process.
The 54-bed Level III NICU at Morristown Medical Center is a designated Regional Perinatal Center by the New Jersey Department of Health. The 15-bed NICU at Overlook Medical Center is also a Level III unit. Both NICUs are equipped to care for extremely premature infants and babies with a wide variety of illnesses, genetic conditions, and surgical requirements. Our neonatologists and advanced neonatal practitioners are on-site 24 hoursa day in order to provide continuity of care to our patients and coordinate care decisions with other pediatric subspecialists. The NICU at Chilton Medical Center is a Level II Special Care Nursery, an additional setting for high quality neonatal care within Atlantic Health System. It is always staffed by a team of experienced neonatologists, advanced neonatal practitioners and pediatric hospitalists. The SCN provides care to infants born at a gestational age of greater than 31 weeks who require critical care, including infants with infections and respiratory problems. Newton Medical Center also offers specialized neonatal care in a Level II SCN staffed by in-house pediatric hospitalists, available around the clock to coordinate neonatal care and attend deliveries.
The NICU at Morristown Medical Center is our Regional Perinatal Center. It is recognized as one of the leading facilities in the state of New Jersey and supports the transport of infants from the region and all over the state. Sick infants at other hospitals who need more intensive care are often transferred to our NICU. During the transport itself these infants are supported by a hospital-based team of neonatology physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. They have everything needed to keep the baby safe during the trip, including an ambulance with a specially-designed incubator that has an integrated newborn respirator, intravenous pumps and cardio-respiratory monitors. Emergency transport is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.