Valley Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The newest newborns. The tiniest patients. The biggest victories.

U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals 2020-2021 NeonatologyRanked as one of the best children’s hospitals in Neonatology by U.S. News & World Report in 2020-2021 – the fourth 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.

Ensuring High-Quality Care

Most Recent Valley Children's Regional Level IV NICU Outcomes Data* (for babies with birthweight of <1,500 grams)

Valley Children's babies rank among the highest in terms of severity of illness among NICUs nationally in a comparative database, yet we achieve more remarkable results in terms of survival and without severe complications compared to our peers. 

Valley Children's Level IV NICU Outcomes

NICU Outcomes Data for % Without Certain Severe Complications

Comparative 2018 data from the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) for Level III C NICUs, the Network’s highest level NICU. (Level III C NICU is equivalent to the Level IV recognized as the highest level NICU by the American Academy of Pediatrics.) VON is a non-profit collaboration of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving medical care for newborn infants and their families. Composed of more than 900 neonatal intensive care units worldwide, the Network maintains a database including information about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborn infants. 
*Percentage of babies who go home from the hospital without certain prematurity-related complications.


Team of Experts for Comprehensive Pediatric Care

At Valley Children’s, our multidisciplinary approach across our independent, nonprofit network offers highly specialized medical and surgical services for any pediatric condition for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to our NICU care capabilities, we provide a range of care options for our young patients as they transition from neonatal intensive care. We provide expert care at our 330-bed main children’s hospital and three satellite neonatal units (28 beds) located across the Valley. In addition, the Valley Children’s Healthcare network includes specialty care centers, pediatric primary care practices, urgent care center and women’s health services.  

Conditions We Treat

Valley Children’s team of board-certified neonatologists, together with our newborn care specialists from a variety of disciplines, provide expert care for the most critically ill and fragile infants facing challenges due to extreme prematurity, congenital defects, injury, and chronic illness. With around-the-clock care, our in-house neonatologists and medical and surgical specialists provide the best care for routine and complex conditions.

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Tyson's Story

Tyson's Story

Weighing less than an unopened soda can and one of the tiniest babies born in the world, Tyson Perez was fortunate just to survive. Going home from Valley Children’s Hospital six months later with no major complications was extraordinary.

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Meet Our Neonatologists and Newborn Specialists

Valley Children's neonatologists and pediatric specialists provide 24-hour support for NICU patients. Our team of board-certified or board-eligible and fellowship-trained experts works together for the care of your newborn.