Designation Definition

Designation Definition

New York State's system of regionalized perinatal services includes a hierarchy of four levels of perinatal care provided by the hospitals within a region and led by a Regional Perinatal Center (RPC).

  • Level 1 Perinatal Centers provide care to normal and low-risk pregnant women and newborns, and they do not operate neonatal intensive care units (NICUs);
  • Level 2 Perinatal Centers provide care to women and newborns at moderate risk and operate NICUs;
  • Level 3 Perinatal Centers provide care for patients requiring increasingly complex care and operate NICUs;
  • Regional Perinatal Centers provide the highest level of care and operate NICUs.