Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, one of the two hospital campuses of the UCLA Health System, is a 16-bed nursery which provides community-based care for term and preterm infants with a variety of medical problems.
The NICU is part of a comprehensive program of women’s and children’s services available at the medical center and combines the best of academic and community neonatal care. The NICU admits about 200 infants per year, 55% weighing less than 2500 grams at birth. Family-centered, individualized newborn care is provided by a team of UCLA neonatologists, neonatal-perinatal care fellows, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, lactation specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and case managers. Neonatologists provide consultations, as requested by Pediatricians, Obstetricians, and Perinatologists; attend high-risk deliveries; care for premature and critically ill newborns; follow NICU graduates in the Santa Monica UCLA High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic. Patient care in the NICU is additionally enhanced by the availability of pediatric subspecialists from the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. When necessary, infants are transferred to Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center for more specialized respiratory, surgical, and cardiac care.