Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery: Level III NICU
If an unexpected problem should occur, such as premature delivery, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff is trained in developmental care of pre-term infants. Babies with special needs receive the highest level of care in our Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery. The 34-bed nursery includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Continuing Care Unit. Each unit is equipped with sophisticated technology for caring for high-risk and premature infants.
Whole body cooling is available for babies who have been through a traumatic birth and experienced reduced levels of oxygen or blood flow to their brains or bodies. The nursery environment includes low lighting, soft voices, and special positioning aids designed to make babies feel most comfortable. In addition to advanced medical technology, the Special Care Nursery is equipped with a neonatal transport isolette that enables air or ground transportation to (or from) Jefferson Abington Hospital for babies born from as young as 23 weeks gestation up to three months of age.
The Special Care Nursery has been awarded a Level III accreditation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Our Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery team includes board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians who specialize in caring for high-risk newborns), neonatal nurse practitioners, and a highly skilled nursing staff – available 24 hours a day. Other members of the team include a social worker, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, case manager, speech-language therapist, registered dietitian, pediatric pharmacist, developmental specialist, administrative assistant and physician specialists in Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Anesthesiology and Surgery. A hospital chaplain is also available 24 hours a day. If your baby requires home care after discharge, ask the staff to meet with a home care nurse coordinator.
Parents' Overnight Room
Parents can arrange to stay overnight with their child during their stay. This offers an opportunity to learn how to care for a child's needs while a nurse is nearby to provide support and answer questions.