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Our neonatologists treat babies who are born prematurely, experience respiratory problems at birth, or may require additional observation and/or treatment due to other complications. Approximately 10% of the hospital's newborns receive care in our level III NICU, some for only a few hours and others for as many days as needed.

Level III Neonatal Care

CHOP The Moore Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), part of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Newborn Care Network, is located in the heart of our Mother Baby Pavilion to manage the care of premature or full-term babies who have special medical needs.

Led by a team of Neonatologists from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and complemented by Magnet® recognized nurses, our level III NICU is designed to provide around-the-clock care for the most complex cases and severely ill newborns at any gestational stage. 

Chester County Hospital has the highest level of NICU care in the county, and many families choose to deliver here as a result of this designation.


Our Services

There are a variety of factors that can increase an infant’s risk and need to be admitted to the NICU.

Even healthy, full-term pregnancies can have unexpected complications. At Chester County Hospital, we treat babies who are born prematurely, experience respiratory problems at birth, or who may require additional monitoring or treatment due to complications with an approach that considers all aspects of care.

The Moore NICU provides: 

  • Expert medical care provided by CHOP physicians, nurse practitioners and specialty consultants 
  • Open visiting with family-centered times for sibling visits 
  • Patient-centered bedside nursing reports 
  • Physical therapy services 
  • Neonatal nutrition services 
  • Kangaroo care/skin-to-skin holding 
  • Lactation consultants 
  • Cuddler Program, a volunteer newborn-hugging initiative that provides human contact, such as holding, rocking and soothing babies, to increase their development 
  • Bonding with Books, an initiative that encourages parents to read to their baby during his or her NICU stay—reading to infants enhances brain development, language skills and vocabulary 


Our skilled neonatal team treats babies who require advanced interventions. The unit is equipped with the most sophisticated technology to support the breathing needs of newborns. A full range of CHOP pediatric medical subspecialists are also available to address the most complex medical conditions. 

We also provide:

  • Central line placement by a special NICU team 
  • Advanced ventilator care for respiratory problems 
  • Human donor milk 
  • Antibiotic Stewardship Program for thoughtful antibiotic use

About the Moore NICU

In 2018, the NICU underwent an expansion, doubling the size of the unit. The new, state-of-the-art facility now accommodates 15 infant beds and a hybrid model that allows space for parents to stay overnight with their infants. The NICU hosts a family-friendly atmosphere, with a lounge for visitors and a comfortable and private breast-feeding area.

Lifelong member and past Auxiliary president, Nancy Virginia Moore, was devoted to Chester County Hospital and The Women's Auxiliary.

Over her lifetime, Nancy's generous gifts have impacted thousands of patients throughout the hospital. Nancy left the majority of her estate to the hospital she loved--her gift was instrumental in funding the NICU renovation.

Family-Centered Focus

At Chester County Hospital, parents are recognized as essential members of our care team. We encourage and support parental participation throughout their infant's time in the NICU. Our goal is to support, engage and communicate with families throughout their stay, helping them make a safe transition to home.

We invite parents to:

  • Attend daily family-centered bedside rounds
  • Participate in their infant's care
  • Express concerns, ask questions and take notes
  • Attend scheduled family meetings
  • Provide feedback to help improve the NICU for future babies and families

Neonatology and Chester County Hospital

For more information about neonatologists on the Medical Staff at Chester County Hospital, call our Physician Referral Service at 800-789-PENN (7366) or visit the Find a Doctor section of our website.

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