Our NICU staff are equipped to care for the smallest and most critically
ill babies born at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. We believe having
family close by is beneficial for babies and reassuring for mom and dad,
so we offer expanded visitation for parents, siblings and other family
members. We also do all we can to keep parents informed and teach them
at-home care for when their babies are ready to leave the hospital. If
more intensive critical care is necessary, we transfer infants to Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford until they are big and strong
enough to return to our NICU.
Each premature or seriously ill infant patient in our NICU has his or her
own set of medical needs. To meet them, we offer:
- - An audio/video network with Stanford Health Care that allows our neonatologists
to securely transmit the results of an infant’s echocardiogram to
a Stanford pediatric cardiologist and confer to determine the best course of care.
- - A “NICU on wheels,” featuring advanced equipment, which
allows for continuous monitoring and treatment of fragile newborns if
transport to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is needed.
- - Family education about caring for infants with special needs, including
classes, support groups and informative materials from outside sources
such as Stanford.