MVHS has the only Special Care Level II Nursery in the Utica area. The nursery is ready with the best equipment, specialized physicians known as neonatologists and an excellent nursing staff.

Neonatologists work with pediatricians, obstetricians and family practice physicians on a consulting basis. They are on call 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to assume the treatment of sick or premature newborns and to assist at high-risk deliveries.

Because the Mohawk Valley Health System has the only Special Care Level II Nursery in the Mohawk Valley, the majority of sick or premature newborns brought to our hospital are treated right here rather than being transported out of the area. Infants who do require treatment outside the area return to MVHS more quickly because of the services provided by our Special Care Level II Nursery.

Our Special Care Level II Nursery provides two private rooms with bathroom and shower for parents who wish to rest or stay overnight while their child is in Special Care. Many services, programs and equipment used in this unit are made possible thanks to the support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

The therapy team at MVHS consisting of Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT) and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), provides supportive care to the premature infant population through evidence-based evaluation and intervention. The approach stems from a prehabilitative model in which team members work in collaboration to decrease the risk of developmental delay and improve quality of life.

Interventions may include support for the developing sensory systems, positioning, activities to facilitate generalized strengthening, massage to promote positive touch and encourage parent/infant bonding, family/caregiver education early communication therapy, oral motor stimulation and interventions for successful feedings. OT, PT, and SLP work closely with the interdisciplinary team members on the unit, as well as parents/caregivers to foster family-centered care and work towards developmental milestones.

Infants receiving early intervention in the Special Care Nursery from the therapy team demonstrate smoother transition from hospital to home and have greater long-term outcomes in their developmental skills for movement, play, communication and speech development