NICU Clinical Quality Data

The Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 45-bed, state-of-the-art facility designed to address the needs of critically ill babies, premature newborns or infants requiring close observation. It is a designated California Children's Services Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Because the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a Level 3C provider of newborn services, babies born at Cedars-Sinai never need to be transported out of the medical center for a higher level of care. The NICU also treats babies delivered elsewhere and transferred to Cedars-Sinai for care. Between those born inside and outside Cedars-Sinai, approximately 750 babies are cared for in the NICU each year.

Infants in the NICU have 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week access to in-house neonatologists. All Cedars-Sinai neonatologists are board-certified specialists who have met the requirements of education, training and experience to care for California Children's Services patients. The unit provides access to consultants, surgeons and support services that allow treatment across the full range of neonatal problems. It provides four levels of care including:

  • Intensive
  • Intermediate
  • Isolation
  • Continuing care

The NICU is equipped with the latest technology and offers the most modern treatment modalities to provide the highest level of care. All high-risk infants are followed up after their discharge from the unit.

Specific quality-of-care measures at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai are described below. To learn more about how patient families evaluated their experience at the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, see the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient Satisfaction page.

Neonatal Mortality Rate

The table below shows how Cedars-Sinai's neonatal mortality rate compares with that of other neonatal intensive care units across the nation. 

A lower percentage is better than a higher one.

Neonatal Mortality Rate Cedars-Sinai 2015 2013 Vital Statistics, Pediatrics, June 2015
The Neonatal Mortality Rate reflects the percent of babies who do not survive beyond the first 28 days of life. 0.34% 0.40%