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U.S. News & World Report Recognition

Expert Neonatal Care When It’s Needed Most

Valley Children’s Healthcare is one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the nation, providing exclusive care for children of all ages, from before birth to young adulthood. Throughout the Central California area, Valley Children’s provides Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) support - the highest level of care available for neonates and infants between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The neonatal service has the capacity of 116 beds throughout the Valley.

Our regional NICU located in Madera, California, provides 24-hour, onsite coverage by board-certified neonatologists with the ability to consult with our broad spectrum of highly specialized medical and surgical specialists. Our 88-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, including 21 private and semi-private rooms, enables parents to stay overnight with their infant for added support. Treating conditions ranging from common to the most unusual and complex, our NICU and satellite facilities combined provide specialized care for more than 1,500 fragile babies from Modesto to Bakersfield and the Central Coast. 

Ensuring High-Quality Care

Most Recent Valley Children's 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 morbidity compared to our peers. 

Valley Children's Hospital Regional Level IV NICU

*Comparative 2014 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.


Valley Children's Level II-III NICU at Saint Agnes Medical Center

*Comparative 2014 data from the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) for Level II-III NICUs,
Our intermediate Level II center provides specialty care. Our community Level III center provides subspecialty care for critically ill newborn infants.


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 358-bed main children’s hospital and three neonatal satellite locations, as well as through partner hospitals, specialty care centers, and pediatric primary care offices. Our family-centered, pediatric services range from a leading pediatric cancer and blood diseases center, to our pediatric heart center known for its expertise and pioneering treatments.  


Patient Stories


Beating the Odds

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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News & Announcements


Valley Children’s Ranked One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals in Neonatology

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Valley Children’s Hospital as one of the best children’s hospitals in the ...