Our Neonatal Programs

The Division of Neonatology at CHOP provides comprehensive care for critically ill newborns and infants in the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) and through CHOP Newborn Care, our partnership with several area hospitals.

As a large and top-ranked pediatric hospital in the United States, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia treats thousands of patients each year. Our large volume of patients allows us to do more than treat individual children; it also allows us to spot trends in patient care and conditions and respond appropriately.

The neonatology team has developed four programs in recent years to address specific concerns and issues dealing with certain illnesses. We also work collaboratively with a range of other programs and departments within the Hospital. Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care is focused on producing the best outcomes for patients and their families.

Our neonatal and related programs include:

Neonatal Airway Program

The Neonatal Airway Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is part of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders. It is devoted solely to evaluation, treatment and follow-up care of all inpatient neonates and infants with complex airway issues.

Housed within Children's Hospital's N/IICU, our program offers these infants seamless care, employing the newest and most innovative diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

For more information about the program, conditions we treat, evaluation, treatment and research, see Neonatal Airway Program.  

Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program

The Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program at CHOP is among the first programs devoted solely to the treatment of infants with chronic lung disease. Housed within the CHOP N/IICU, our program offers infants with chronic lung disease seamless care from evaluation through treatment and long-term follow-up, employing the newest and most innovative diagnostic therapeutic modalities available.

Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in referrals for infants with chronic lung disease to the N/IICU. As a result, we have gained extensive experience and developed expertise in the comprehensive management of infants with chronic lung disease.

For more information about the program, evaluation, treatment and research, see Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program.  

Neonatal Craniofacial Program

The Neonatal Craniofacial Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a new joint program run by the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Division of Neonatology. The program, housed within CHOP’s N/IICU, consists of a highly specialized team of pediatric plastic surgeons and neonatologists dedicated to the treatment and care of neonates with rare and complex craniofacial disorders and syndromes.

CHOP has long been a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of infants, children and teens with a variety of congenital, genetic and acquired malformations of the head, face and jaw. Our Craniofacial Program is one of the largest single centers of its kind with more than 1,000 admissions per year — many for genetic syndromes with craniofacial deformations, micrognathia and tongue-based airway obstruction.

For more information about the program, conditions we treat, treatment and research, see the Neonatal Craniofacial Program.

Neonatal Follow-up Program

The Neonatal Follow-up Program assesses the medical, nutritional, neurologic, developmental and psychosocial needs of the preterm and high-risk infant after discharge. Our specialized staff has extensive experience in addressing the ongoing needs of families caring for medically complex infants.

For details, see Neonatal Follow-up Program.   

Neonatal Stroke Program

The Neonatal Stroke Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, part of the Pediatric Stroke Program, was established in 2005 as the first program of its kind in the United States. The program is dedicated to the evaluation, treatment and follow-up care of all neonates and infants with stroke or other cerebrovascular disorders.

Inpatients are cared for in the N/IICU, while outpatients are evaluated in the Neonatal Stroke Clinic within the Division of Neurology.

For details, see Neonatal Stroke Program.   

Related programs and services

The neonatology team works closely with clinical specialists across the Hospital. Some common related programs and services include:

Date: May 2013

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