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Oishei Children's Hospital
818 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Oishei Children's Hospital offers women the best and safest option for delivering their baby as the only hospital in Western New York with teams of maternal-fetal medicine physicians, pediatric surgeons and a full panel of pediatric medical subspecialists on site, including the region’s largest and most advanced The Children's Guild Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These services work in collaboration to care for both mom and baby, and are available 24/7 to respond to any urgent medical needs.

These teams of experts are the only in Western New York that offer this multidisciplinary approach to care for high risk pregnancies and babies. Together, they determine the best care plan, and are available to be present at birth to help ensure the baby has the very best outcome possible.

The 64-bed mostly private room The Children's Guild Foundation NICU admits more than 850 babies each year and has an average daily census of 52. Approximately one-third of admissions are transported from an outlying hospital by the active Neonatal Transport Team, readily available to provide stabilization and transport to Oishei Children's Hospital for any infant in the region.

Level IV Designation

Designated by NYS as a Level IV NICU, Oishei Children's Hospital is required to have the following specialists to care for neonates:

  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Pathology
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric General Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • Pediatric Genetics
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Infection Control
  • Pediatric Immunology
  • Pediatric Residency
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

Oishei Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Western New York with immediate access to each of these pediatric specialties on site.


Our advanced state-of-the-art medical therapy for neonatal patients includes:

  • Advanced ENT procedures
  • Bedside surgery
  • Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), nitric oxide inhalation
  • High frequency ventilation
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Retinal surgery
  • Surfactant replacement
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Whole body cooling for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)

Care Team

The UBMD attending neonatologists work closely with other members of the healthcare team at Oishei Children's Hospital including physicians in training, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed respiratory therapists, family service counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists and clinical pharmacists to provide the best possible care for infants.