Equipped to Care for the Smallest Patients

April 02, 2014

Since Providence Holy Cross Medical Center opened its state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in October, there’s rarely an open bassinet in the 12-bed unit, a testament not only to the need for NICU care but to new mothers’ confidence in this highly rated hospital.

The state-of-the-art NICU is the first for high-risk newborns in the northeastern Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley. It is designed to encourage family interaction within a private setting and is staffed by the area’s only nursing teamed to have achieved national Magnet Nurse status.

The NICU medical staff includes obstetricians, pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in cardiology, neurology and ophthalmology.

The NICU specializes in treating premature infants and babies with conditions including jaundice, respiratory distress and neonatal infections. For the past several years most special needs infants were treated in the hospital’s special care nursery where the NICU nurse team honed its skills. The new unit is equipped with the latest incubators, monitoring systems and ventilators. NICU experts helped design the unit, which offers individual patient bays, privacy for families and better control of lighting and sound for the tiny patients.

Providence Holy Cross, a designated Baby Friendly hospital, is committed to ensuring mothers are supported in breast feeding their infants, including those in the NICU. Spiritual care also is offered and the hospital’s new chapel is nearby the new unit. The new South Wing Women’s Pavilion also offers perinatal care for high-risk mothers who require extended hospitalization.