Neonatal Intensive Care

The 21-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Providence Tarzana Medical Center is designed to provide highly specialized care for critically ill babies regardless of birth weight, gestational age or place of birth.

In our Neonatology Unit, as well as in our Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, we have partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, named a “best hospital” for children by U.S. News & World Report magazine and awarded Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This means that all our pediatric units have round-the-clock in-house physician coverage. Together, we can ensure that the care provided for our youngest patients is grounded in leading-edge industry practices and award-winning expertise.

Approximately 15 percent of our admitted babies are either transferred from surrounding hospitals or admitted from home at less than one month of age. The NICU provides some of the most advanced equipment and strategies of care available today for diagnosing and treating critically ill newborns.

Many of our NICU babies are placed in innovative bassinets called Giraffes. The Giraffe significantly reduces the need to transfer infants because it can be used as an open table warmer when the infant needs maximum accessibility, and can be converted into an incubator/isolette at the touch of a button. This high-tech functionality eliminates the need to move fragile infants from one piece of equipment to another, reducing stress and potential harm. 

The Giraffe:

  • Provides a temperature controlled environment
  • Blocks outside light and sound
  • Weighs the baby
  • Rotates 360 degrees
  • Provides a setting where surgery can be conducted, if necessary

Best Practices

The NICU at Providence Tarzana Medical Center is a participant in multiple clinical data base networks created to evaluate the quality and outcomes of neonatal practices. The network hospitals share data in an attempt to develop best practices of care for critically ill infants. Providence Tarzana Medical Center's NICU has participated in the Vermont Oxford Network and the California Perinatal Quality of Care Collaborative (CPQCC).

Family Centered Care

Our entire neonatal team works closely with parents in a supportive environment to determine what the most appropriate course of treatment will be for their baby. We also acknowledge and respect each family's cultural needs and preferences by providing personalized care.

In addition to the intensive medical care we provide, Providence Tarzana's NICU team encourages parents to be involved in all aspects of their newborn's care, such as holding, feeding, changing diapers and bathing as their baby's condition improves. Parents and caregivers have 24-hour access to their baby.

NICU Services at Providence Tarzana Medical Center

NICU Nurse Manager, Tamera R. Martin, BSN, RNC, CLE, talks about the NICU Services at Providence Tarzana Medical Center
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