For Babies Who Need Extra Attention

June 01, 2012

If your baby is born too early or needs specialized care, Providence’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are staffed with specially trained doctors, nurses and support staff who can help.

“High-risk OB patients should consider NICU care when choosing a hospital. One of every 10 infants ends up in the NICU,” says Jon Yamamoto, M.D., medical director at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Here’s what the Providence family of ministries offers.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance:

The first single-family room NICU in Los Angeles County, this 27-bed unit fosters privacy, closer bonding and a decreased risk for infection. “With customized sound, temperature and lights, we can create optimal conditions for each baby,” Dr. Yamamoto says. In addition, laborists are available 24/7 in case of an emergency or if your physician can’t get to the hospital.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center:

This 20-bed Level III NICU utilizes innovative bassinets called Giraffes. The Giraffe eliminates the stress and potential harm of transferring infants because it can convert from an open table warmer into a soundproof incubator/isolette at the touch of a button.

Providence Tarzana Medical Center:

Also utilizing Giraffe technology, this 21-bed Level III NICU is proud to participate in multiple clinical database networks that track quality and care for critically ill infants. Data shows that Providence Tarzana consistently ranks among the top 25 percent in the nation in almost all measured outcomes. In addition, it is the only hospital in the area certified by California Children’s Services to perform neonatal surgeries.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center:

Housed in the new patient care wing, this new 12-bed Level III NICU features private patient bays and is equipped to handle infants on ventilators. “Generally a Level III NICU can’t manage babies with vents, but we can,” says NICU Medical Director Jeffrey Hartleroad, M.D.