Plan for New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Gains Momentum

Released: 5/23/2012

The New York State Department of Health Project Review Committee today voted to approve Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital’s certificate of need (CON) for a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

The hospital’s CON application will now move for final consideration by the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council on June 7, 2012. 

“This is another positive step as we continue to link Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo," said Chris Lane, the president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.  “The new neonatal intensive care unit will improve quality of care through an integrated program and team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.” 

In February, the hospital – in partnership with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo – announced plans for a new neonatal intensive care unit. A neonatal intensive care unit specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. 

The 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, the regional referral center for critically ill newborns and recipient of a US News and World Report “best hospital” award in 2011. 

Lane said that clinical scale is the basis for creating one quality infrastructure, one integrated standard of care, and one operating model for neonatal care, a critical component of pediatric care. 

Millard Fillmore Suburban averages over 2,400 births a year.  A 261-bed community hospital and a subsidiary of Kaleida Health, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital offers services in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, and geriatrics. The hospital also supports residency-training programs of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.