Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) provide the specialized care required in instances of ill or premature newborns. And while all parents-to-be hope and plan for an uncomplicated childbirth, parents and physicians want a “safety net” in case things don’t go according to plan. In addition to providing families with this safety net, NICUs are known to reduce cesarean birth rates, ultimately reducing the mother’s length of stay.
In 2018 USC-VHH established one of only a handful of private-bed NICUs in Los Angeles County. In addition to private rooms with places for parents to “room in”, each of the six-bed, Level II NICU rooms is equipped with secure web cameras so that parents and extended family members can view their babies remotely, 24/7.
The establishment of a NICU at USC VHH has reduced the number of babies that need to be transferred to other facilities for their care, diminishing not only the traumatic separation issues of the families, but also the risks and costs associated with transporting fragile preemies and newborns.
Support from donors for our NICU provides for equipment and on-going clinical training and service-line needs – ensuring the best possible care for our tiniest patients.