Tiny patients, huge reputation
Babies born premature or with troubling medical conditions are cared for around‑the‑clock by Saint
Peter’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 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 where they are 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 are even transferred from other hospitals when they need specialized care.