Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our world-class, Level IV, regional Ahmanson Pediatric Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the largest in all of Southern California and unmatched in the United States for its state-of-the-art design and technology. Under the leadership of Charles F. Simmons, Jr., MD, the NICU admits nearly 700 infants per year.

We offer comprehensive neonatal diagnostic and treatment facilities for critically ill newborns. Our center also holds a multidisciplinary research unit, dedicated to providing the highest quality care for all newborns, ranging from healthy neonates to sick or premature newborns requiring close observation or intensive care.

Patient Story

doctors wrap infants with special cooling blanket to save their lives

Avery Reynolds

At birth, Avery suffered from a life-threatening condition caused by oxygen deprivation. Luckily, doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center wrapped her in a special cooling blanket.

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Featured Program

support groups to NICU families and caregivers while babies are still in the hospital

Good Beginnings

Good Beginnings is a support group for the 45-bed NICU. The program offers a range of services to NICU families and caregivers including emotional, educational and some financial support while babies are still in the hospital. They're also a resource to help families cope after they have taken their babies home, helping to ease them through an experience that can be frightening and lonely.

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