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Neonatology (RNICU)

In Trusted Hands

Every second your baby is in distress counts. Neonatologists at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital are equipped with the most advanced technology and the most trusted expertise to provide all necessary interventions for your baby if he or she requires immediate care.

We are the only Level IV Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) in the Hudson Valley, serving the entire 7,000 square-mile area between New York City and Albany. As a Level IV facility, which is New York State’s highest clinical designation, we care for the region’s tiniest and sickest babies. Our neonatal service features state-of-the-art tools designed to transfer your baby from a local community hospital to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital to receive the expert care only available here. In most cases, our ambulance and helicopter service can be at your baby’s bedside in less than an hour.


Advanced Care, Compassionate Care

Our division is composed of 24 neonatal physicians and also includes 13 neonatal fellows, 17 nurse practitioners, and over 175 nurses, therapists, and technicians working together for the purpose of getting your newborn healthy and supporting patient families through often-difficult newborn hospitalization. We offer family support services, parent coffee breaks, scrapbooking events, music therapy, dedicated physician meetings and joint rounds, which encourage you to hear the physicians discuss the daily care of your infant as he or she progresses in the RNICU.


Pre- and Post-Birth Support

If you are likely to give birth prematurely, or have been diagnosed with a pregnancy that will require neonatal care, such as conditions affecting the stomach, intestines, heart, or brain, our physicians can arrange for a pre-birth visit to the hospital. At these pre-birth visits, you can meet with the neonatologists and surgeons to discuss the expected care for your baby, tour the facilities where your child will stay, and have all your other questions and concerns addressed. Our physicians include specialists in neonatal and pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, neurology, genetics, endocrinology and pulmonology. Scheduling a pre-birth visit is as simple as contacting your Obstetrician or calling 914.493.8558.

The RNICU also cares for infants after they are discharged from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. With our network of clinics devoted solely to the health of babies once hospitalized in the intensive care unit, your infant will continue to grow and thrive under the watchful eyes of specialists in neonatal and intensive care.

Academic Faculty and Research Programs

Our academic faculty provides care to the most critically-ill newborns in the state. They are recognized by their peers as experts in the field of neonatology, advance the practice of neonatal care through active research programs, train the next-generations of pediatricians and neonatologists, and are regional health policy experts on child health.


Regional Perinatal Center

New York State defines Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as a Regional Perinatal Center, which charges us with the responsibility of teaching other hospitals in our region how to better care for newborns in the initial minutes after birth, as these decisions can have life-long consequences. Our Regional Outreach Program educates physicians at other institutions about how to best handle newborn medical emergencies.


Fellowship Program

Ours is the only neonatal program in the region entrusted by the American Board of Pediatrics to train the neonatologists of tomorrow. Our fellowship program provides trainees with a comprehensive education in all aspects of neonatology. Our 800 annual admissions of the most critically ill newborns in the state provide significant learning opportunities and the chance to see rare conditions. Neonatal Fellows also enjoy the wide variety of clinical and basic science research that comes with a university-based program. The Fellowship participates in the ERAS Match Program.


High Risk Neonatal Follow-Up

Since prematurity or illness in the newborn period may affect your baby's development, many babies admitted to an intensive care nursery need to be followed closely for appropriate milestones during their development. To discuss the type of follow-up services that may be necessary for your baby, please contact one of our neonatal physicians at 914.493.8431.


Pulmonary Hypertension Team

Premature or full-term infants with pulmonary hypertension receive the highest standard of care at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Our ultra-specialized team of pulmonologists, neonatologists and cardiologists offers all recommended therapies of pulmonary hypertension and has the experience to manage these infants. Patients with this condition are often referred to our hospital from other neonatal intensive care units.


Short Gut Team

Infants with abnormalities of the intestinal tract specialized care early in life to prevent early injuries with the potential to cause your child life-long problems. Our specialized team of neonatologists, gastroenterologists, developmental specialists, pediatric surgeons and nutritionists collaborate to offer your child the best possible outcomes. Our hospital also often receives patients from other neonatal intensive care units who either have, or are at high risk for, this condition.


Transport Team

Our neonatal transport team is specially trained in transport critically ill newborns from hospitals to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Our transport team features helicopter and ground transport services. We are one of a handful of Regional Hospitals in New York State that provide high-frequency ventilation and nitric oxide therapy during transport. Call 1.866.468.6962 to request transport.
Specialized, Comprehensive, Critical and Intensive Care for Newborns

The Division of Newborn Medicine treats babies who are premature, near-term, full-term and post-term.

Neonatologists focus on caring for newborns with varying degrees of illness, from simple feeding problems to complex medical issues, including:

• Premature birth: Our Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) is a life-saving resource, able to care for the complex medical needs of babies born before 37 weeks gestation, when virtually every organ
system is under-developed and not capable of supporting your infant’s needs.
• Low Birth Weight: Infants born at full term (37-41 weeks gestation) and under 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces) require the RNICU to manage potentially life-threatening problems.
• Failure to Thrive: A condition where your baby doesn’t grow appropriately. The RNICU is equipped to maximize your baby’s growth in the pivotal early part of life, which if not achieved can cause problems      
which can extend through childhood.
• Newborns Requiring Surgery: The RNICU is staffed and equipped to care for your baby’s unique needs before and after any surgical procedure, including Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) or
heart-lung bypass and congenital heart defects.
• Genetic Disorders/Congenital Malformations: these children may require surgery and need multi-physician complex, coordinated care available only in the neonatal intensive care unit.
• Other common neonatal problems such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin, which if untreated can cause brain damage; low blood sugar (which if prolonged, impacts the brains ability to function;) newborn
seizures, and all types of newborn infections.


Common Issues Treated by Systems, and More:

Brain/Nervous Systems
Intraventricular Hemorrhage
Hydrocephalus
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Birth/Perinatal Asphyxia
Post-Hemorrhagic Hydrocephalus
Congenital Brain Tumors
Congenital Brain Malformations
Periventricular Leukomalacia
Myelomeningocoele
Meningitis
Seizures
Strokes
Spina bifida

Cardiac
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Tricuspid Atresia
Transposition of the Great Arteries
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
Tetralogy of Fallot
Truncus Arteriosus
Double Outlet Right Ventricle
Ebstein’s Anomaly
Pulmonary Valve Atresia or Insufficiency
Aortic Valve Atresia or Insufficiency
Heart failure in the newborn due to any cause
*Any combination of these congenital issues or any birth defect of the heart
Pulmonary Hypertension due to prematurity
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
Persistent Fetal Circulation

Respiratory
Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Respiratory Failure
Apnea/Desaturation
Pneumothorax
Chronic Lung Disease of the Newborn
Pneumonia
Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Airway birth defects that can make breathing more difficult for a baby such as Laryngomalacia and/or Tracheomalacia

Gastroenterology  
Tracheo-esophageal Fistulas
Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Short Bowel Syndrome
Feeding Issues/Difficulties
Omphalocele
Gastroschesis
Reflux

Endocrine
Hypoglycemia/ Low blood sugar
Growth Disorders
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Metabolic bone diseases
Infants of Diabetic Mothers
High Insulin Levels
Thyroid disorders of the newborn

Hematology/Oncology
Anemia of Prematurity
Congenital Anemias
Congenital Thrombocytopenias
Congenital Neutropenias
Neonatal Leukemias
Neonatal Tumors such as Wilm’s Tumor or Neuroblastoma

Infection
Pneumonia
Neonatal Blood Infections
Meningitis
Congenital/Perinatal Acquired Infections

Other
Cranio-Facial Defects
Congenital Kidney, Bladder or Urologic Issues
Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
914.493.8558


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Train

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:

• White Plains - Bus transfer options available
• Hawthorne - Taxi service available

For train fare and schedule information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or go to www.mta.info/mnr.


Bus

There are three bus lines (Westchester Bee Line) you can take to our campus. Please call 914.813.7777 for bus routes and fares.


Campus Map

The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.
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David Aboudi, MPH (Biostatistics)
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Heather Brumberg, MD, MPH
Jean Chelala, MD
Dennis Davidson, MD
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Jordan Kase, MD
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