Neonatal Intensive Care

nicu babyJersey City Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit is a state-designated perinatal center, helping infants with severe prematurity, respiratory distress, and feeding issues for the first 28 days of life.

As a Level III Regional Perinatal Center, our facility offers first-rate treatment and care for hundreds of newborns each year. Every child receives watchful 24/7 care with state-of-the art bedside and central monitoring.

We provide patient-centered and family-focused care and offer our parents 24-hour visitation while also allowing sibling visitation on the weekends and holidays.

Rapid Genetic Testing for Critically Ill Infants

Whole genome sequencing (or sequencing of all the genetic material of a person) can identify the root cause of rare genetic disorders and diseases in some of the sickest infants by a simple blood test.

Through a collaboration between Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM), we offer rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS) to help diagnose unexplained medical conditions in newborns and infants who need immediate intervention.

In most medically urgent cases, RCIGM delivers preliminary diagnoses in as little as 3 business days compared to standard testing that can take 4 to 6 weeks or more. Doctors can then provide a precise diagnosis and administer targeted, sometimes lifesaving care at a time when the therapeutic window is often very small.

Learn more about pediatric genetic testing.

Meet our Experts

Dr Ameth AguirreAdvances in care at Jersey City Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have given newborns, some as small as 500 grams (about one pound) and more than four months premature, a fighting chance not only to survive but to lead normal and healthy lives.

Our patients are treated by specially trained and board certified neonatologists led by Dr. Ameth Aguirre who work along side our neonatal nurses and experts to provide around-the-clock monitoring.

Jersey City Medical Center is a Magnet-designated center for nursing excellence.

About NicView™

Each baby is equipped with NicView, a pioneer monitoring technology that offers webcam viewing of the newborn to family members . It is an unobtrusive camera mounted close to the bed that delivers streamed video images around the clock, so that families can watch their newborn anytime, anywhere – on any device with internet access.

NicView™ provides peace of mind and comfort to families when they have to be away from their infants.

Patient Stories

  • “I can't put into words how appreciative I am to the people here at Jersey City Medical Center and what they've been able to do for my family.”

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  • The neonatologists were always available and the care was amazing. From beginning to end, our experience was unbelievable.

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