Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center
Phone: (424) 259-9253
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, one of the two hospital campuses of the UCLA Health, is a 16-bed Level III NICU which provides community-based care for term and preterm infants with a variety of medical problems.
The NICU is part of a comprehensive program of women's and children's services available at the medical center and combines the best of academic and community neonatal care. The NICU admits about 200 infants per year, 55% weighing less than 2500 grams at birth. Family-centered, individualized newborn care is provided by a team of UCLA neonatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, lactation specialists, physical therapists, social workers, and family support programs, including music therapy, parent support groups and resillience resources. Neonatologists provide consultations, as requested by pediatricians, obstetricians, and perinatologists; attend high-risk deliveries; care for premature and critically ill newborns and follow NICU graduates in the Santa Monica UCLA High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic. Patient care in the NICU is additionally enhanced by the availability of pediatric subspecialists from the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center is a recipient of a Press Ganey Associates, Inc. "Guardian of Excellence Award" for consistently providing a high-quality patient and family experience. The award recognizes health care organizations that have ranked at or above the 95th percentile in patient satisfaction for four consecutive quarters.