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.
Visitors are not permitted in the Level II Special Care Nursery from 6:30am-7:00am or from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
In order to protect infants from RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), seasonal visitation restrictions are put in place annually beginning on October 1. RSV is a virus that causes cold-like symptoms in most people, but can cause serious illness in young infants. From October 1 to April 1*, only parents and grandparents are allowed to visit the Level II Special Care Nursery.
*April 1 is a tentative date. Restrictions are lifted when it has been medically determined that these viruses are no longer a widespread concern.