Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), located at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, is designated the Regional Perinatal Center, providing the highest level of care for critically sick newborns.

Our neonatologists provide intensive medical, surgical and nursing care. Our technology includes the latest life support and electronic monitoring systems, and a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. We also maintain an air and ground transport service for infant patients.

Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital are both Level 1 Perinatal Centers, which provide care to normal and low-risk mothers and newborns, with the option of sending newborns who need a higher level of care to the NICU at Albany Medical Center.

As a high-level NICU, we treat all conditions affecting critically sick babies, including:

  • Congenital heart disease, including surgery
  • Genetic disorders
  • Hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice
  • Hypoglycemia and metabolic disorders
  • Infections
  • Neurologic disorders including congenital, acquired, surgical, seizures and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy requiring therapeutic hypothermia
  • Prematurity
  • Respiratory disorders including congenital, acquired and respiratory distress syndrome
  • Surgical conditions

Perinatal Outreach

In the Albany Med Health System, Albany Medical Center is designated the Level IV Northeastern New York (NENY) Regional Perinatal Center. Albany Medical Center provides transport and consultation services to all birthing hospitals in a 25-county area of northeastern New York and western New England, including partner hospitals Glens Falls Hospital and Saratoga Hospital.

The Perinatal Outreach Center has a variety of programs and materials to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.


The Ronald McDonald House, on South Lake Avenue, in Albany serves as a home away from home for the families of children receiving care at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital.

Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, or call 518-438-2655 for more information.