Neonatal Intensive Care

The 18-bed Irene Dunne Guild Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Providence Saint John’s is designed to provide highly specialized care for critically ill babies regardless of birth weight, gestational age or place of birth. The NICU provides some of the most advanced equipment and strategies of care available for diagnosing and treating critically ill newborns. At Providence Saint John’s, clinically advanced care happens in a warm and supportive environment where our 24/7 neonatologists from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) work closely with the health center’s maternal-fetal specialists, pediatricians, pediatric respiratory therapists and nurses to ensure a complete continuum of care.

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 and moisture controlled environment
  • Blocks outside light and sound
  • Weighs the baby
  • Rotates 360 degrees
  • Integrated X-ray
  • Intellivue monitor displaying all vital information at the bedside
  • Phototherapy light to treat jaundice
  • Ventilator/Vapotherm
  • Medfusion Syringe Pump with a built in prescription drug library and dose limits
  • Provides a setting where surgery can be conducted, if necessary

Family-Centered Care

Our entire neonatal team works closely with parents in a supportive environment to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for their babies. 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 Saint John’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 babies.