Infants born prematurely typically spend their first weeks to months of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where 24/7 care allows them to maintain their body temperatures, learn to eat, breath comfortably and safely grow.
When treatment in our intensive care setting is no longer needed, our team will help you and your baby make your next transition. Some babies are ready to safely discharge home, while others will first benefit from transition to an inpatient intermediate care facility, often referred to as the step-down unit.
Our affiliated step-down unit at The HSC Pediatric Center is designed to decrease emergency room visits and readmission to the hospital, as well as improve pulmonary outcomes. The team in this unit will continue to include your primary pulmonologist and nurse practitioner as they focus on medical management but with a stronger emphasis on neurodevelopmental care and nutrition.