Neonatal Intensive Care - For Referring Physicians

Neonatal Intensive Care - For Referring Physicians

Learn how to refer a patient to Penn State Children's Hospital

Our Children's Hospital connects physicians and families to quality neonatal services - from consultation to air transportation.

Make a referral - 717-531-8941

As part of our integrated neonatal care services, we provide support for referring physicians and their newborn patients:

  • NICU - 42-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit
  • Perinatal Program Services - coordinated multi-disciplinary prenatal and postnatal services for prospective parents of infants with prenatally identified congenital abnormalities.
  • Neonatal transport - air and ground transport to our Children’s Hospital; highly skilled specialized transport teams return infants to “home” hospitals when additional hospitalization is required following discharge from the Children’s Hospital.
  • Consultation - neonatal attending physicians provide telephone consultation (717-531-8941) 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
  • Communication - our staff keeps you informed about your patients, and care team members will update you on progress, providing consultation and sharing outreach services. We also keep families informed and involved in the family-centered care approach.
  • Expertise - experienced allied health professionals including nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, feeding team therapists, respiratory therapists and pharmacists offer advice and support.
  • Follow-up - high-risk patients are followed after discharge for up to 2 years.
  • Easy access and parking: opportunities to stay at the Ronald McDonald home close by.
  • Direct connection - just one call connects you directly with the specialized neonatal services. 24-hour neonatal consultations and transports: 717-531-8941.

Regional Referral Center

With the backing of the only academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, the NICU in our Children's Hospital is at the heart of modern academic medicine and the main source of evidence-based and innovative treatments.

Family-centered care

Our Children’s Hospital, there is a strong advocacy for family-centered care, making babies and their families an integral part of the health care team.

Staff and family members are partners in the care of newborns. This leads to better health outcomes, wiser allocation of resources, and greater patient and family satisfaction.

Additionally, the NICU Family Advisory Council provides opportunities for previous NICU families to help current NICU families.

Transport services

When babies are born with more extensive issues than the “home” hospital can accommodate, those babies should be transported to our Children’s Hospital. With the support and resources of Life Lion aeromedical services and Children’s Hospital Mobile Intensive Care Unit (pediatric-specific ambulance), we ensure the safest possible transportation from other neighboring hospitals.

Perinatal Program

Our Perinatal Program guides parents who are expecting a baby with known fetal abnormalities and anticipating surgical or medical intervention immediately following delivery.

The perinatal program coordinator arranges for parents to meet with the pediatric and neonatal specialists who will be involved in their baby’s care, and provides a tour of the units where their newborn will be provided care. Ongoing consultation reports, and communication with referring physicians and hospitals, is facilitated to provide a seamless and effective consultation process for patients, their families and referring physicians.

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Contact us

Phone: 717-531-8941
Scheduling: 717-531-8413
Fax: 717-531-1533

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