When The Plan Changes

April 01, 2013

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. If your baby is born too early or needs specialized care, Providence’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) offer exceptional newborn care with the latest technological advances.

All Providence NICUs are Level 3—meaning they can care for the smallest and sickest babies.

Team members also share information on what treatments and technologies work best. “We have a Providence Neonatal Excellence Council, where we work on getting the best equipment systemwide, and we collaborate on how to offer the best, most excellent NICU care possible,” says Diane Dale, RNC-NIC, C-NPT MN, NICU clinical nurse specialist at Providence Tarzana Medical Center.

Here is a snapshot of each Providence NICU.

Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance: This 27-bed, single-family room NICU fosters privacy, plus customized sound, temperature and lighting that create optimal conditions for each baby.

Providence Saint Joseph: This 20-bed NICU utilizes innovative bassinets called Giraffes, which convert from an open table warmer into a soundproof incubator/isolette at the touch of a button. It also offers donor breast milk for premature babies.

Providence Tarzana: Also utilizing Giraffe technology and offering donor breast milk, this 21-bed NICU ranks in the top 25 percent for neonatal outcomes nationally.

Providence Holy Cross: This 12-bed family-centered, NICU features private patient bays and is staffed by the San Fernando Valley’s only nursing team with the prestigious nursing ANCC Magnet Recognition®.