Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The Ahmanson Pediatric Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cedars-Sinai is a newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility designed to address the needs of critically ill babies, premature newborns or infants requiring close observation.
The NICU is a Level III (tertiary) provider of newborn services, which means that it has access to consultants, surgeons and ancillary services that allow treatment across the full range of neonatal problems. It comprises 45 beds in four areas, providing varying levels of care, including:
- Continuing care
Cedars-Sinai's NICU is a designated California Children's Services Regional NICU, and all Cedars-Sinai neonatologists are board-certified, paneled California Children's Services providers. The NICU is equipped with the latest technology and prepared with the most modern treatment modalities to provide the highest level of care.
As part of world-renowned Cedars-Sinai's complete pediatric healthcare services, the NICU ensures that patients receive the most accurate testing procedures available, superior medical therapies and the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical trials, as well as access to other innovative Cedars-Sinai services, including:
- Hemodynamic monitoring (i.e., blood circulation)
- Imaging technology (e.g., digital readers)
- Isolation rooms
- Self-contained blood gas laboratory
The NICU maintains active interaction with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In addition to conventional aspects of newborn intensive care, the following capabilities are available:
- Bedside pulmonary function testing
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- High frequency oscillatory ventilation
- Infant progress clinic
- Inhaled nitric oxide
- Parent liaison services/family-centered care in a compassionate, developmental environment
- 24-hour, in-house coverage by board-certified neonatologists
The NICU's experience team works with the referring physician to determine the best course of treatment for each newborn and keeps the referring physician apprised of the infant's condition. At the appropriate time, the infant is referred back to the primary care physician for continued management, but the NICU's neonatologists remain available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for post-treatment support.
Learning Tree - Continuing Education in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The Learning Tree Endowment of Cedars-Sinai, to support the academic enrichment of the NICU staff, established by Lori and David Rousso, loving grandparents of Jack and Sam Rosenfeld, is an educational fund that fosters continuing education for physicians, nurses, and all medical staff working in the NICU.
It is critical that our clinicians learn about the latest technologies and research insights related to neonatal intensive care. With vital philanthropic support, the Learning Tree Endowment fund will ensure that our medical professionals have the educational tools they need to provide outstanding care to our tiniest newborns.
Please help champion continuing education in the neonatal intensive care unit by making a contribution to the Learning Tree Endowment fund.