As a state-designated acute care children’s hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital offers a full-range of pediatric specialized healthcare services for newborns and children through young adulthood. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s operates one of the largest, most advanced neonatal intensive care units in the country. Our state-designated Regional Perinatal Center is renowned throughout New Jersey for the exceptional level of high-risk maternity and neonatal care provided.
Tiny Patients, Huge Reputation
Babies born premature or with troubling medical conditions are cared for around-the-clock by a staff of neonatologists, pediatric specialists, neonatal nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal respiratory therapists and pharmacists. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital is one of the most experienced and one of the largest specialized facilities of its kind on the East Coast with 54 intensive and special care bassinets. This Level III NICU welcomes more than 1,300 fragile newborns each year. Babies are taken directly from Saint Peter’s labor and delivery rooms in specially designed transporters and then transferred to a warm isolette, a bassinet expressly used for premature or special needs babies from 22 up to 44 weeks, if a longer stay is needed. Some newborns in need of specialized care are even transferred to the NICU from other hospitals.
From Infant to Child in the Blink of an Eye
From the time a child is born, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s can provide the healthcare services needed for the journey from infancy to adulthood. This continuity of care can have a positive impact on an individual’s health and well‑being—and the peace‑of‑mind of a parent. Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital is designated by the state of New Jersey as an acute care children’s hospital, one of the most advanced hospitals of its kind in the nation. Our team of pediatric specialists and nurses, working in collaboration with your child’s pediatrician, is dedicated to taking very special care of your little one every step of the way.
Kid-friendly Emergency Department
For parents, caring for your child during a medical emergency is one of life’s most stressful challenges. Split‑second decisions about your child’s medical treatment must be made with a sense of urgency beyond all reason. One decision, however, can eliminate worry and any waste of time: bringing your sick or injured child to the expert pediatric emergency care team at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s.
A visit to an emergency room can be frightening for anyone—especially your child—and we have taken great care to design a child‑friendly environment to help kids feel more at ease and make families a little more comfortable during their time with us. A few child‑friendly highlights include small blood pressure cuffs and fine needles, private rooms, and television, toys and video games. Most important, staff members are experts at dealing with children and can help to minimize stress for both parent and child.
Minimally invasive surgery is offered by our pediatric surgeons for your newborn, child or adolescent. Our surgeons keep current on the most advanced and proven minimally invasive surgical techniques and technologies available. Advanced surgical equipment and tiny video cameras are used— some of which are specially developed and sized for newborns and children. Less traumatic than traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures use special instruments, allow for minor incisions, quicker recovery, and fewer side effects—all of which are so important to our smallest of patients and their parents.
And parents can be comforted by knowing that a pediatric anesthesiologist is in the operating room. Pediatric anesthesiologists receive an extra year of training to learn the special techniques needed to care for younger and smaller patients. The Pediatric Anesthesiology Program at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s has the largest number of board‑certified and fellowship‑trained pediatric anesthesiologists in central New Jersey and is one of the few hospitals to offer 24/7 coverage of this kind.
Overcoming Childhood Challenges
The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s offers a vast array of programs and services to address the challenges of childhood including a sleep lab, speech and hearing programs, as well as specialized centers of care for autism and epilepsy. The Division of Adolescent Medicine focuses on puberty, obesity, acne and other issues affecting those ages 10 to 21. The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides care related to congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The Center for Diabetes Self‑Management educates children and families on the importance of parent‑supervised self‑care. Specialists at The Epilepsy Center at The Pediatric Neuroscience Institute diagnose and treat epilepsy using video EEG monitoring. The Craniofacial and Neurosurgical Center comprehensively treats and manages craniofacial abnormalities, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Saint Peter’s Sports Medicine Institute offers an approach to treatment that recognizes the unique relationship between orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and physical therapy.
Serious Illness, Stellar Care
It’s reassuring to know that pediatric specialists at Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital are available to treat your child in conjunction with his or her pediatrician or primary care physician.
The Institute for Genetic Medicine at Saint Peter’s provides treatment and support for families coping with rare inherited conditions. At the CHOP Cardiac Center at Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, all forms of heart disease are treated including heart murmurs, congestive heart failure, rheumatic fever, Kawasaki disease and arrhythmias. For infants, children and adolescents with cancer and disorders of the blood, our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program can enroll children into cutting-edge national clinical trials. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides complex pediatric intensive care services, innovative therapies for respiratory issues, and plays an active role in the management of children undergoing serious and complex surgical procedures. And our highly specialized pediatric critical care team provides special transport, at a moment’s notice, from around the state.
The Child Life Program helps children and their families prepare for a hospital stay and also provide support services such as music therapy to help ease the anxiety of a hospital stay. Before admission, a Tot Tour can be taken to familiarize families with the pediatric unit.