Valley Children's Healthcare and Doctors Medical Center Create Collaboration to Enhance Neonatal Care for Central Valley Families

Valley Children's Healthcare and Doctors Medical Center Create Collaboration to Enhance Neonatal Care for Central Valley Families

Doctors Medical Center and Valley Children’s Healthcare are pleased to announce their new collaboration to continue to elevate the care provided in Doctors Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The collaboration will add a network of neonatal and other pediatric specialists to Central Valley Doctors Health System’s existing providers.

“We are proud to have our highly skilled NICU team members working alongside Valley Children’s neonatologists and pediatric specialists. This collaboration helps expand the high-quality, compassionate care we provide for our smallest, most vulnerable patients,” said Jay Krishnaswamy, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. “This is another example of our commitment to making sure we provide access to excellent care close to home for our patients and their families.”

The Doctors Medical Center-Valley Children’s program is designed to enable both organizations to optimally care for Central Valley babies with high-risk, high-complexity, rare and critical cases. Together, the organizations will work to ensure each patient has access to high-quality care that best serves their families' needs.

“We are honored to have been selected by Doctors Medical Center and this new partnership furthers the shared commitment of our two organizations to continuously improve the level of neonatal care provided to our tiniest patients,” adds Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak. “Valley Children’s has appreciated our work with Doctors Medical Center over the years, especially with the opening of our Pelandale Specialty Care Center in Modesto nearly five years ago. Our work together will ensure that kids from one end of the Valley to the other will have improved and streamlined access to the exceptional neonatal care provided by our organizations.”

Ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in Neonatology by U.S. News & World Report in 2023-2024 – the seventh such ranking for our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – Valley Children’s NICU offers the most comprehensive array of services for critically ill newborns to ensure the best possible quality of life.

Critically ill infants face serious and/or potentially lifelong or deadly challenges due to extreme prematurity, congenital defects, injury, chronic illness and more. From open-heart surgery on a heart the size of a walnut, to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) – a life-sustaining intervention for failing heart and lung function – we provide all the expert neonatal care your baby needs right here in the Central Valley.

Valley Children’s main Hospital campus in Madera provides Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) support - the highest level of care available for neonates and infants. Valley Children’s supports a network of NICUs throughout Central California, providing the opportunity for families with critically ill babies to receive treatment closer to home throughout his or her entire stay.

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