Neonatology/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Patty Ribakoff Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides the highest level of care for premature and critically ill infants.

Contact the Neonatology/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at: 617-724-4310


State-of-the-Art Facilities in a World-Renowned Academic Medical Center

The Patty Ribakoff Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) opened in June 2006 and remains one of the most advanced and family-focused newborn intensive care units in the New England region.

Our NICU boasts the most advanced monitoring and ventilation technology available anywhere. It is designated a level III nursery by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has level IV designation by American Academy of Pediatrics, indicative of our ability to provide the highest level of care for premature and critically ill infants. The NICU has 14 licensed ICU beds and 4 intermediate-care beds. Each bed is outfitted with Angel Eye—a camera system that securely transmits sound and audio so that families can stay in touch with their baby. We also have 13 additional intermediate-care beds in our Special Care Nursery.

Patient Transports

When time is of the essence for premature or medically fragile infants, the experienced Partners Neonatal Transport Team moves swiftly via ambulance and helicopter to retrieve patients from area hospitals throughout New England and the Eastern United States. Mass General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital collaborate with Boston MedFlight, which works with our doctors in the NICU to deliver critical care to infants born in community hospitals.

In special cases, long-distance transports can be arranged. Referring physicians and other healthcare professionals may request a consultation, second opinion or transport 24 hours a day.

To request a consult or arrange transportation to the NICU please call 1-800-233-8998.

Advanced Services

Patients admitted to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Newborn Intensive Care Unit have access to specialists in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. The NICU is equipped to care for premature and critically ill patients with complex congenital conditions that require medical or surgical intervention.

The NICU provides care for pre-term and term infants, including patients up to two weeks of age who are admitted from home, or neonates and infants up to three months of age who are transferred from another hospital. The most advanced technological and therapeutic resources are available to help care for patients and sustain life, including:

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: In part pioneered by physicians at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, ECMO functions as an artificial lung for patients with acute, reversible respiratory failure
  • Inhaled nitric oxide: For cardiac and pulmonary patients with persistent hypertension, respiratory distress, aspiration syndrome, pneumonia, sepsis or congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Total body hypothermia: A new therapy for infants with moderate to severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy that has been shown to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes

Experienced Multidisciplinary Team

The neonatology team includes experienced neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists and neonatologists whose expertise distinguishes them in the field. In addition, the multidisciplinary team of experts involved in each child’s case may include pulmonologists, neurologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, radiologists and others. All work together as a team, focused on delivering the best treatment plan for each infant.

An attending physician or senior neonatal nurse practitioner manages the intermediate care area. Because MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital, ICU fellows, residents and nursing students may be on the unit as well helping with patient care. They are overseen by an attending physician.

Ongoing Research Ensures State-of-the-Art Treatment

Ongoing clinical research programs are underway at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. These programs help advance the practice of pediatric medicine. Interested parents should talk to their child’s caregiver for more information.

Unparalleled Continuity of Care from Conception to Adulthood

Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children are uniquely positioned to provide patients with high-quality specialty care from conception through pregnancy, delivery, the neonatal period, childhood and into adulthood all under one roof. NICU staff actively coordinate care with other services at Mass General including Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Fetal Care Program, the Fetal Cardiology Program and specialized long-term follow up programs such as the Down Syndrome Program and Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

The Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic pays special attention to the development of high-risk infants, helping families and community-based pediatricians address issues of growth and development. The clinic aids in the early identification of potential medical, neurological, developmental and nutritional issues, and guides families and primary-care providers to specific services as needed.

For Physicians: Referrals and Consultation Services

Referring pediatricians and specialists who seek a consultation or second opinion from a MassGeneral Hospital for Children neonatologist are invited to contact the Newborn Intensive Care Unit 24 hours a day via Boston MedFlight communication. Referrals may be made by calling the unit directly 617-724-4310.

Meet the Team

Family-Focused Care

Parents can rest assured that every comfort and convenience has been added to ensure their experience is made easier while their child is in the NICU. Parents are welcome in the unit at any time. There is dedicated parent space at each infant’s bedside and parents may remain at their infant’s bedside throughout the night. Computer stations are available with Internet and email access. Healthy siblings are welcome to visit as well; a fish tank and children’s reading area are located in the NICU for their enjoyment. Families using the Angel Eye system may log in here.

A dedicated social worker help parents cope with the ongoing medical needs and support required when their baby is discharged. Support and parent advocacy groups and educational programs are available.


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Contact Us


Blake Building

10th Floor55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-724-4310
  • Fax: 617-724-4348

Referring pediatricians and specialists who seek a consultation or second opinion from a MassGeneral Hospital for Children neonatologist or intensivist are invited to contact the Newborn Intensive Care Unit 24 hours a day at 617-724-HELP. Referrals may be made by calling the unit directly.

For more information call the Transport Team at 617-724-HELP.

Contact the Neonatology/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at: 617-724-4310

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