Mount Sinai Medical Center combines a variety of programs to form a network of maternal and infant care services. When babies are born ill, they are cared for in the Abess Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Parents delivering at Mount Sinai can take comfort in knowing the highest level of care is available on-site for infants born prematurely or with conditions that require special medical attention.

Nursery levels are regulated by the state, which requires that Level III NICUs provide the most advanced care and adhere to rigorous state requirements. Mount Sinai’s Abess NICU is distinguished by its personalized care, the dedication of its doctors and nurses and family-like atmosphere. The unit boasts excellent outcomes and is committed to research and advancing the practice of neonatal medicine.

The NICU’s two neonatologists, Jose Antonio Adams, M.D., and Ignacio Zabaleta, M.D., have worked together for more than two decades, taking care of babies from birth to discharge and providing a level of continuity rare in larger NICUs. The NICU also counts on an experienced nursing team that is committed to high quality care and excellent outcomes.

Caring for premature or sick infants does not end when the child goes home. The NICU features a Development Follow-Up program that tracks each baby’s progress for a year after discharge. High-risk babies are monitored so problems, that in many cases a child’s primary care pediatrician wouldn’t recognize until later, can be identified early and treated. This comprehensive follow-up is one of several factors that make for outstanding quality of care and set Mount Sinai’s NICU apart from others in the country.