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.

Quality Measures

The table below shows how Cedars-Sinai compares with other neonatal intensive care units. 

A lower percentage is better than a higher one.

Inborn Admission Rate Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 2016

California CCS Regional NICUs

(Level IV)

The percentage of babies born at the hospital and admitted to the NICU / all babies born at Cedars-Sinai 11.6% 14.0% (mean)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Regional NICUs

Severe ROP or ROP surgery (among babies born weighing less than 1,500 grams) 5.7% 7.8% (mean)
Neonatal Death 3.7% 4.3% (mean)