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Welcome from our Medical Director
We know that having a premature or ill newborn can be a stressful and scary experience. That's why everything in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)--from our skilled and caring team of professionals to our nursery environment and advanced technologies--is centered on your baby and your family. Our team includes neonatologists, nurses, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, developmental care specialists, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists who have specialized training in the care of premature and ill infants.
Our eleven-bed NICU is a Level III nursery, certified by Children's Medical Services, which means that we are prepared to care for babies born as early as 28 weeks as well as critically ill infants. Our partnership with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford gives us immediate access to all of their NICU resources in caring for your baby. Our staff neonatologists reside here in the Salinas Valley and are here to provide care around-the-clock, every day. We also stay at the forefront of advances by serving on the clinical teaching faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Every member of the NICU team wants you to feel welcome and to know that you play an important role in your baby's care. Our hope is that by working together with you, we can help make this a memorable and rewarding experience. Through our parent advisory council, parents just like you who have babies cared for in our NICU, are helping shape the future of our comprehensive program. We are honored to welcome you to our NICU family.
Robert Castro, MD
Medical Director, NICU
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System