Thrive Program

Thrive Program

For more than 40 years we have cared for the region’s most fragile patients as one of the leading neonatal follow-up programs in the country

The experts at Children’s Health℠ provide evidence-based follow-up care for more than 250 new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates each year.

Once your baby comes home from the hospital, the Thrive Program interdisciplinary team of experts looks after your baby’s overall health and well-being until their 5th birthday.

Treatments and Services

    • Acute and common illnesses
    • Well child visits including immunizations
    • Developmental delays: Occupational and Physical Therapy
    • Emotional/behavioral concerns
    • Family support services
    • Hearing problems
    • Home health services (coordination)
    • Slow and rapid growth
    • Speech delays and difficulty feeding
    • Vision
    • Referral to sub-specialties

Helping your little miracle grow and thrive

Most babies in the Thrive Program were born at a very low birth weight. Weighing three pounds or fewer at birth, these children are usually very premature and face the highest risk of complications in their first years of life. We also see bigger babies who have experienced serious and/or complex conditions in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). All of our babies benefit from specialized follow-up care.

A case manager will arrange your first visit before your baby is discharged from the NICU. Our caring and compassionate staff will help you schedule additional follow-up appointments as needed.

Delivering expert, comprehensive care

Starting with your baby’s first visit, you will work with a dedicated team, including a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who sees your child for routine and sick visits under the supervision of the medical director.

We monitor your baby’s overall health, coordinate specialized care for complicated diagnoses and evaluate his or her developmental progress. We exist to respond to the needs of families who have, or are at risk of having, low birth weight infants by providing family-centered, community-oriented and comprehensive care.


Meet the Care Team