Providence Tarzana NICU Provides State-of-the-Art Care

July 30, 2013

Ariana and Kevin West were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. Then, with just over two months to go in Ariana’s pregnancy, she grew concerned when she realized her baby’s movements had decreased.

The expectant parents were not prepared for what happened next. Their obstetrician at Providence Tarzana Medical Center told them their baby was in danger and needed to be delivered immediately. Shai, their son, was born weighing only 2 pounds and 1 ounce.

Shai was so fragile that he needed to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) even before they could hold him.

“Before the delivery, we had no idea how scary this could be,” recalls Ariana. For 55 days, Kevin and Ariana were by Shai’s side morning, noon and night. Together, the young family experienced a roller coaster of encouraging highs and terrifying lows.

Through this journey, the medical and professional staff provided state-of-the-art care, as well as important emotional support and education so that the new parents could care for their baby in the NICU and when they later took him home.

“Our wonderful doctor told us exactly what to expect, and the nurses welcomed us with open arms every day,” says Ariana. “They made us feel included in Shai’s care and they became like family.”

“There were many late night calls and follow-up visits once we brought him home,” Kevin remembers. “The Providence Tarzana staff were really there for us.”

Today, Shai is a healthy, active five-year-old who enjoys playing instruments, basketball, climbing, and pretending he’s a gardener with his toy tools and lawn mower.

As grateful parents, Kevin and Ariana have not only generously given back to the hospital, but also are involved in helping other families who have had a baby prematurely to network and support one another.

Our 21-bed NICU is consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation. Our doctors, nurses and caregivers provide an extraordinary combination of dedication and expertise in caring for newborns that require highly the specialized treatment of a Level III NICU.

Decades ago, the survival rate for a baby weighing 2 pounds was only 10 percent. Today, thanks to great strides in technology, research and medicine, the survival rate has increased to more than 90 percent.