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About us

Bringing a baby into the world should be a joyful occasion. However, sometimes those bundles of joy arrive early or with complications. When babies are born prematurely or with a serious condition, they can face significant developmental issues of the heart, lungs or other organs. This can cause tremendous anxiety for the entire family. Medical problems for tiny premature babies and newborn infants present a unique set of challenges that require the highly specialized care of neonatal physicians.

At Cohen Children’s Medical Center, we are proud to be one of the nation’s leading hospitals for pediatric health care and neonatology, and we have been designated a Regional Perinatal Center by the New York State Department of Health for our high standards of excellence in quality of care. Our mission is to provide outstanding, compassionate care of newborns in a family-centered and supportive environment. Our highly trained team of dedicated neonatologists, neonatal surgeons, specialty nurses, respiratory therapists and other neonatal health professionals utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating prematurely born infants and newborns with critical illnesses. We know the stress you are going through and we understand that nothing in the world is more important than the health of your child.

We have special programs for the care of neonatal patients. These include:

  • Advanced transport systems (including high frequency ventilator transport)
  • Lung rescue and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program
  • Extensive cardiology and cardiovascular surgery services
  • Brain cooling program to prevent certain types of cerebral palsy
  • Center for neonatal nutrition

At Cohen Children’s Medical Center, we take pride in being at the cutting edge of new therapies for our young patients.

Specialties

Lung rescue 

Newborns with life-threatening lung disorders require critical, specialized care and equipment. Our neonatal department provides the highest level of support in the region. Our faculty members have been leaders in the development of high-tech, advanced respiratory support for newborns with respiratory failure.

Brain rescue

We are among the most experienced regional brain rescue centers. A difficult or prolonged birth process may decrease oxygen flow to the baby’s brain. In some cases, severe oxygen deprivation can lead to brain damage. Rapid but controlled brain and body cooling is sometimes able to prevent cerebral palsy, a form of brain damage.

Cardiovascular surgery 

The Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Cohen Children's Medical Center is one of the largest volume pediatric cardiac programs in the state of New York and is the largest program on Long Island. It is the primary center for pediatric cardiac surgical care at Northwell Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country. The division performs approximately 300 cardiac and thoracic procedures each year.

Transport

High frequency transport ventilation

Our high frequency transport ventilation system offers the best form of lung support during transport of premature infants from one facility to another. This system allows us to transport even our most challenged neonatal patients. We provide transport services to all areas, whether within or outside of our hospital system. 

Regional perinatal centers/outreach 
Great infant care begins with proper prenatal care for the mother. The maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology services at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center have been designated as Regional Perinatal Centers (RPCs). The RPC at North Shore University Hospital supports Huntington Hospital, Southside Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital, Plainview Hospital, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. The RPC at Long Island Jewish Medical Center supports St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Nassau University Hospital Center, Staten Island University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital.

What to expect

The neonatal physicians, nurses, social workers and administrative staff at the Division of Neonatology and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) work together to provide a positive family-centered care experience. Our family-centered care concept holds that families of the newborn should feel as comfortable as possible in coming to the neonatal intensive care unit and asking questions of the staff, and that they should feel empowered with information and in the direct involvement of care of their baby. Our dedicated staff is committed to compassionate, respectful behavior toward our young patients and their families.