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As a state-designated acute care children’s hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital offers a full-range of pediatric specialized healthcare services for newborns and children through young adulthood. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s operates one of the largest, most advanced neonatal intensive care units in the country. Our state-designated Regional Perinatal Center is renowned throughout New Jersey for the exceptional level of high-risk maternity and neonatal care provided.



Tiny Patients, Huge Reputation

Babies born premature or with troubling medical conditions are cared for around-the-clock by Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s staff of neonatologists, pediatric specialists, neonatal nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal respiratory therapists and pharmacists. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital is one of the most experienced and one of the largest specialized facilities of its kind on the East Coast with 54 intensive and special care bassinets. This Level III NICU, part of a state-designated Regional Perinatal Center, welcomes more than 1, 300 fragile newborns each year. Babies are taken directly from Saint Peter’s labor and delivery rooms in specially designed transporters and then transferred to a warm isolette, a bassinet expressly used for premature or special needs babies from 22 up to 44 weeks, if a longer stay is needed. Some newborns in need of specialized care are even transferred to the NICU from other hospitals.

From Infant to Child in the Blink of an Eye

From the time a child is born, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s can provide the healthcare services needed for the journey from infancy to adulthood. This continuity of care can have a positive impact on an individual’s health and well‑being—and the peace‑of‑mind of a parent.

Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital is designated by the state of New Jersey as an acute care children’s hospital, one of the most advanced hospitals of its kind in the nation.

Our team of pediatric specialists and nurses, working in collaboration with your child’s pediatrician, is dedicated to taking very special care of your little one every step of the way.

Kid-friendly Emergency Department

For parents, caring for your child during a medical emergency is one of life’s most stressful challenges. Split‑second decisions about your child’s medical treatment must be made with a sense of urgency beyond all reason. One decision, however, can eliminate worry and any waste of time: bringing your sick or injured child to the expert pediatric emergency care team at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s.

A visit to an emergency room can be frightening for anyone—especially your child—and we have taken great care to design a child‑friendly environment to help kids feel more at ease and make families a little more comfortable during their time with us. A few child‑friendly highlights include small blood pressure cuffs and fine needles, private rooms, and television, toys and video games. Most important, staff members are experts at dealing with children and can help to minimize stress for both parent and child.

Pint‑sized Precision

Minimally invasive surgery is offered by our pediatric surgeons for your newborn, child or adolescent. Our surgeons keep current on the most advanced and proven minimally invasive surgical techniques and technologies available. Advanced surgical equipment and tiny video cameras are used— some of which are specially developed and sized for newborns and children. Less traumatic than traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures use special instruments, allow for minor incisions, quicker recovery, and fewer side effects—all of which are so important to our smallest of patients and their parents.

And parents can be comforted by knowing that a pediatric anesthesiologist is in the operating room. Pediatric anesthesiologists receive an extra year of training to learn the special techniques needed to care for younger and smaller patients. The Pediatric Anesthesiology Program at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s has the largest number of board‑certified and fellowship‑trained pediatric anesthesiologists in central New Jersey and is one of the few hospitals to offer 24/7 coverage of this kind.

Overcoming Childhood Challenges

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s offers a vast array of programs and services to address the challenges of childhood including a sleep lab, speech and hearing programs, as well as specialized centers of care for autism and epilepsy. The Division of Adolescent Medicine focuses on puberty, obesity, acne and other issues affecting those ages 10 to 21. The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides care related to congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The Center for Diabetes Self‑Management educates children and families on the importance of parent‑supervised self‑care. Specialists at The Epilepsy Center at The Pediatric Neuroscience Institute diagnose and treat epilepsy using video EEG monitoring. The Craniofacial and Neurosurgical Center comprehensively treats and manages craniofacial abnormalities, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Saint Peter’s Sports Medicine Institute offers an approach to treatment that recognizes the unique relationship between orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and physical therapy.

Serious Illness, Stellar Care

It’s reassuring to know that pediatric specialists at Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital are available to treat your child in conjunction with his or her pediatrician or primary care physician.

The Institute for Genetic Medicine at Saint Peter’s provides treatment and support for families coping with rare inherited conditions. At the CHOP Cardiac Center at Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, all forms of heart disease are treated including heart murmurs, congestive heart failure, rheumatic fever, Kawasaki disease and arrhythmias. For infants, children and adolescents with cancer and disorders of the blood, our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program can enroll children into cutting-edge national clinical trials. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides complex pediatric intensive care services, innovative therapies for respiratory issues, and plays an active role in the management of children undergoing serious and complex surgical procedures. And our highly specialized pediatric critical care team provides special transport, at a moment’s notice, from around the state.

The Child Life Program helps children and their families prepare for a hospital stay and also provide support services such as music therapy to help ease the anxiety of a hospital stay. Before admission, a Tot Tour can be taken to familiarize families with the pediatric unit.

Mind and Body, Parent and Child

For generations, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s has led the way in applying advanced medical knowledge to diagnose, monitor and treat your newborn, toddler or adolescent at every developmental stage of life. As a faith‑based hospital, we believe strongly in treating the whole body, both mind and spirit, so we take pride in caring for our smallest patients with specialized programs. For KEEPS—Kids Embraced and Empowered through Psychological Services—is a regional psychiatric full‑time day service for children ages five through 17 who suffer from emotional and behavioral difficulties that affect their ability to function successfully in their classroom or at home. Saint Peter’s Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center is a state‑designated child protection center serving seven counties in central New Jersey. The center’s multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, psychologists and clinical social workers provides crisis intervention, child abuse assessments and referrals to community resources.

Today more than ever, a healthy young mind is just as important as a healthy young body.

Our Community, our Children

Saint Peter’s commitment to the communities we serve extends far beyond the hospital walls.

The Louis S. Damiano Pediatric Health Center, located in our Family Health Center in New Brunswick, serves a diverse patient population and welcomes over 17,000 visits from children up to age 18 every year, providing over 26,000 vaccinations and both wellness care and urgent care to our community. At the center, Saint Peter’s established the How Lane Early Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.) which promotes literacy as a standard part of pediatric primary care. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s is also a proud member of the National Reach Out and Read Program.

A Teaching Hospital, Where Learning is a Two-way Street

In fulfilling its mission to provide quality medical education, Saint Peter’s sponsors residency programs in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and is a regional medical campus of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine, the largest private medical school in the nation and a leader in health science education and research.

Many teaching hospitals, including Saint Peter’s, participate in research through which cutting‑edge technology and new practices are introduced that may only become available to other hospitals in the future.

This matters to prospective parents—or any patient admitted to Saint Peter’s—because educating medical students and residents helps to ensure that the newest specialty techniques and latest practices are available to the faculty and staff at Saint Peter’s so that patients can benefit from the most current treatments available.

Why Parents Choose Saint Peter’s

When it comes to caring for the health, safety and well‑being of your child, you are never alone at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s. Your children are wholly dependent on you—and you can depend on us. Our caring and knowledgeable medical staff of specialized doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals is dedicated to caring for the very special needs of your child.

Treating You and Your Family Better…for Life

From the very beginning of your pregnancy, through the terrible twos and well into puberty—complete with all the tests and trials of ‘tweens and teens—we are with you at every chapter in your child’s life. The caring and highly trained staff at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s understands how to support you through every phase of your child’s physical and emotional development.

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