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Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222

Buffalo Baby

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Safest & Most Advanced in WNY

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The region’s largest, safest and most advanced neonatal intensive care unit, 327 critically ill and often premature newborns were transferred to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo from other hospitals throughout Western New York and beyond by our well-developed ground and air transport system staffed by Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Respiratory Therapists. 

The most common reason for newborns to be transported to the WCHOB NICU are as follows:

  • Pediatric Surgical Care
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Care (severe pulmonary hypertension, ECMO)
  • Pediatric Neurologic Care
  • Pediatric Hypocalcaemia, Hypoglycemia
  • Pediatric lung disease 

The NICU staff includes attending neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed respiratory therapists, a psychologist, family service counselors, physical therapists and occupational therapists. A nutritionist and clinical pharmacists participate daily in bedside work rounds.

Overnight facilities for out-of-town families are available in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House. A family lounge is equipped with Internet access, a microwave, refrigerator and lockers. 

The only NICU in Western New York with the following:

  • Neonatal Transport team staffed with nurse practitioners and neonatal respiratory therapists to transport babies from all other hospitals throughout WNY and beyond to WCHOB for appropriate, safe care. 
  • To offer Neonatal Whole Body Cooling for Birth Asphyxia
  • To offer inhaled Nitrous oxide for severe lung disease ( persistent pulmonary hypertension) 
  • With Board Certified pediatric surgeons to perform surgery on babies born with gastroschisis, omphalocele, diaphragmatic hernia, necrotizing entereocolitis, tracheostomies and other neonatal surgical emergencies.
  • To offer multidisciplinary rounds on each patient everyday including specialized pediatric clinical pharmacist and nutrition services. 
  • With the capability to safely provide pediatric focused diagnostic tests including ultrasound. fluoroscopy, CT Scan and MRI.
  • NYS Level III NICU designation requires the hospital to have the following specialists to care for neonates*: 
    • Pediatric radiologists
    • Pediatric Pathologists
    • Pediatric Pharmacist
    • Pediatric Anesthesiologists
    • Pediatric Surgeons
    • Pediatric General Surgery
    • Pediatric Neurosurgery
    • Pediatric Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Urology
    • Pediatric Neurology
    • Pediatric Pulmonologist
    • Pediatric Hematology
    • Pediatric Genetics
    • Pediatric Nephrology
    • Pediatric Endocrinology
    • Pediatric GI
    • Pediatric Infection Control
    • Pediatric Immunologist
    • Pediatric Residency
    • Pediatric Cardiology
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology

* Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is the only hospital in Western New York with immediate access to each of the pediatric specialties on site. 

Statistics

  • Of the approximately 791 newborns admitted to the NICU in 2012, 283 infants are transferred from hospitals throughout the eight counties of Western New York and beyond to Women & Children’s Hospital by its Neonatal Transport Team in WNY, the only ground and air transport system staffed by Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Neonatal Respiratory Therapists in Western New York. 
  • The 64-bed NICU has an average daily census of 52 babies. Approximately one-third admissions are transported from an outlying hospital by the active Neonatal Transport Team, readily available to provide stabilization and transport to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for any infant in the region.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital received final approval to add a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit when the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council voted to approve the measure in June 2012.

With state approval in hand, planning for construction and operations has continued.  Currently, architectural drawings are being developed.

In February 2012, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital – in partnership with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo – announced plans for a new neonatal intensive care unit.  Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital plans to convert six licensed maternity beds, two rehabilitation beds and two critical care beds for the new unit.

The $2.6 million project includes renovations to existing space within the hospital.  The suite will be located on the second floor, adjacent to the labor and delivery program. This will eliminate the need for at-risk newborns to be transported to a separate facility and risk further medical complications.

It will be connected via a “hub and spoke model” with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Pediatric Surgical and Medical Specialty Services

While Women & Children’s Hospital is the regional center for women to receive care before, during and after delivering their baby, it also has been the place for sick and injured children to receive care in WNY since 1892.

Children are not just small adults. Our pediatric specialists use equipment, techniques and facilities specifically designed to meet the special needs of children, who have immediate access to a complete range of pediatric medical specialists from more than thirty medical fields of expertise.

Women & Children’s is also the only hospital in the region to have a broad range of pediatric surgical specialists.  The Department of Pediatric Surgery offers comprehensive surgical care to patients up to 22 years of age with Dr. Bass and Dr. Vali as full time Pediatric Surgery attendings and University at Buffalo faculty.

The Department of Pediatric Surgery was established in 1957 and specializes in general and thoracic surgery for the care of fetuses, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and young adults. This training program in Pediatric Surgery is one of the original nine training programs in Pediatric Surgery in the United States.

The board certified pediatric anesthesiologists have received training to meet the special clinical needs of children, and are among the few nationally that specialize in pediatrics.

Maternity Services

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo offers women the best option for delivering their baby as the only hospital in Western New York with a team of pediatric surgeons and a full panel of pediatric medical subspecialists on site, including the region’s largest and most advanced neonatal intensive care unit.

  • Designated the Regional Perinatal Center of WNY, therefore all high-risk pregnancies from throughout the eight counties of WNY are delivered at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
  • The hospital-based OB/GYN laborist program ensures the delivery of evidence-based practice protocols.
  • Board Certified Adult Internal Medicine specialists in-house 24/7 and adult surgical services are available to respond immediately to urgent health care needs of women, if needed. 
  • Board Certified obstetricians and maternal-fetal specialists at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo follow the mother and baby throughout pregnancy to labor & delivery and postpartum care.
  • Nursing strength with expertise in neonatal, obstetrical and pediatric care.
  • The only hospital in Western New York with all single, private rooms for new moms. 
  • Prenatal nutrition program, childbirth education, parenting classes, and breastfeeding instruction and support.

Expanded Network of Neighborhood OB/GYN Centers 

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo's network of neighborhood OB/GYN Centers has expanded to six locations across Erie and Niagara Counties.  This network of OB/GYN centers is designed to improve access to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, which offers women the best option for delivering their baby as the only hospital in Western New York with a team of pediatric surgeons and a full panel of pediatric medical subspecialists on site, including the region’s largest and most advanced neonatal intensive care unit.

 OB/GYN Center locations:

  • Elmwood OB/GYN, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, 239 Bryant Street in Buffalo
  • Kensington OB/GYN, Grider Family Health Center, 462 Grider Street in Buffalo
  • North Tonawanda OB/GYN, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont Street in North Tonawanda 
  • Lancaster OB/GYN, 6363 Transit Road, TOPS-Rehm Rd. Plaza in Lancaster
  • Lockport OB/GYN, 475 South Transit Road (near Summit St.) in Lockport
  • McKinley OB/GYN, 3860 McKinley Pkwy (near the McKinley Mall) in Hamburg 

The Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo network of neighborhood OB/GYN centers each have a dedicated physician, nurse practitioner and other staff.  These OB/GYN centers are the only in Western New York to provide a comprehensive range of health professionals and services on site that includes fetal monitoring and ultrasound examination.  These centers also have immediate access to childbirth education, lactation services, registered dieticians and genetic counseling and testing provided by Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

More information about maternity services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is available online at www.BuffaloBaby.org.  This web site for Buffalo Baby, the brand for maternity services provided by Kaleida Health at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, is designed for expectant and new parents. 

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

The vision for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children’s health care for Kaleida Health, in Western New York and beyond.

Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an ambulatory setting, were major factors considered by a Physician-led Steering Committee while reviewing previous campus plans and developing its proposal for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus location.

A Women's Pavilion will provide all related services including labor & delivery, the regional perinatal center and the women’s health center providing prenatal and gynecological care and C-section operating rooms all located on the same floor.  The Women’s Pavilion will be connected by bridge directly to an adult surgical floor of the Buffalo General Medical Center for improved patient access and efficiencies in the delivery of care.  The Children’s Guild Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will feature all single, private rooms for patients and their families.

For more information about the physician-led plans for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, please go online at www.wchob.org/oishei.

For additional information go to: http://www.BuffaloBaby.org