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Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery

Special Care for Special Babies

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 has a dedicated nursing station and 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.

Our team of board-certified neonatologists (medical doctors who specialize in caring for high-risk newborns), neonatal nurse practitioners with advanced training, as well as many additional nursing professionals staff the unit 24 hours a day. The staff has completed an educational program on developmental care, which combines advanced medical technology with an environment that is most natural for babies. The nursery environment includes low lighting, soft voices, and special positioning aids designed to make babies feel most comfortable. The Special Care Nursery has been awarded the highest level accreditation (Level III) granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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.

Our Team

Our Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery team includes neonatologists (a pediatrician who has special training in newborn intensive care), a nurse practitioner, nurse manager and nursing staff. Other members of the team include a social worker, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, case manager, speech and language therapist and physician specialists such as cardiologists, neurologists, endrocrindologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologist, hematologists, anesthesiologists and surgeons. A hospital chaplain is available 24 hours a day. If your baby requires home care after discharge, ask the staff to meet with a home care nurse coordinator.

Visiting Hours

Visitation for parents is 24 hours a day. Parents are asked to call in advance of their visit so that information about their infant or activities in the nursery may be communicated. There are times when your infant or another patient may require special attention and the unit may not be open to visitors.

To allow a quiet, restful environment to help our patient's recovery, the number of visitors per patient is limited to two. Grandparents are welcome to visit at any time; however a parent must accompany the grandparents to the unit. We also encourage siblings to visit their baby brother or sister on a weekly basis. Siblings over the age of two may visit when accompanied and supervised by a parent. We ask that your visiting child be free from any signs of infection for at least 48 hours before visiting.

Discount parking is available for parents.