Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Samaritan Medical Center’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a very special place where we care for our tiniest patients – babies delivered at 32 weeks and older who need a little extra care before they can go home. Our 24-hour neonatology coverage is unique to Northern New York and the Fort Drum community. We are the only Level II NICU north of Syracuse, and the care that we provide is exceptional.
Our NICU is a newly renovated space with 12 private rooms that promote family bonding time. State-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a family room for parents to spend the night are other factors unique to our NICU.
“We feel like we have a whole second family in the NICU. Our son had been taken care of so well and it makes this whole experience better knowing what kind of care he received.”
— Erin and Nate, Ogdensburg – NY
Erin, Nate and Robin’s Story
Meet Robin Compo, son of Erin and Nate of Ogdensburg, NY. He is a preemie and a fighter, born under extreme circumstances in April 2021. He lived in three NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) for the beginning of his life and his mom, Erin, feels that Samaritan’s was the best. Samaritan’s caring staff and private NICU rooms made a difficult situation better, and created an entire family of cheerleaders for little Robin.
“We were so nervous about his transfer from Crouse, but our son was at Samaritan Medical Center for almost two months, and we know we made the right choice,” Erin said. “Not only was he closer to us, but he had an amazing team of nurses — and we can’t forget Dr. Komar — taking care of him. Every single nurse there is amazing and attentive, caring and compassionate. We feel like we have a whole second family in the NICU. Our son had been taken care of so well and it makes this whole experience better knowing what kind of care he received.”
After 100 days in a NICU, Robin finally went home on July 18, 2021. His family felt so compelled with the level of his care that, a few weeks later, they returned for a celebratory visit equipped with cake, books for other NICU families, and gratitude for the nurses and Dr. Komar. However, the greatest gift they brought was a healthy baby Robin. He is our little superhero and one of many newborns that are cared for in the region’s only Level II NICU.
Samaritan is committed to our most precious patients and their families and this could not be more evident with baby Robin.