Highest Level of Care Available for Neonates and Infants

With our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) designation, neonatal specialists at Valley Children’s provide the highest level of care available for neonates and infants between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Our board-certified neonatologists and full range of pediatric specialists provide expert NICU care, both at Valley Children’s Hospital and through our satellite locations. We provide advanced NICU care for premature neonates, specialty medical and surgical care for all neonates, and neonatal care after surgery for a range of routine to complex conditions.

Importance of Level IV NICU Designation

Designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics for neonates and infants, Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care means Valley Children’s Hospital offers advanced surgical capabilities, including the surgical repair of serious congenital heart anomalies that requires cardiopulmonary bypass and/or ECMO for medical conditions. 
In addition to advanced care, our team provides Intermediate Neonatal Intensive Care – providing neonatal care services for ill neonates who do not require intensive care but require care at a level higher than a well-baby nursery can provide. These  infants may require  intravenous medication,  nasogastric tube feeding, parenteral nutrition, oxygen therapy and short-term ventilatory assistance.

Expert Follow-up Care for Improved Outcomes

Our pediatric specialists provide expert follow-up care when young patients have been discharged from NICU care. Our goal is your goal – improved outcomes for long-term success. For multidisciplinary care, we offer clinic hours all under one roof at Valley Children’s Hospital, as well as a range of convenient locations for follow-up appointments closer to home.

Family Support for NICU Patients

At Valley Children’s, we provide patient-centered care, knowing that family and caregiver support of medically fragile infants is crucial. We provide a support network and assist families in identifying services such as the Ronald McDonald House, which provides parents from outside the Fresno/Madera area a place to stay while their child is at Valley Children’s. In addition, our team provides complete educational support to parents and caregivers so they are confident in caring for children when it is time to go home. Parents are key to their infant care. Our Parent Partner Program provides exclusive support to our parents throughout their stay. Your success is our success – and we celebrate together at our annual graduation picnic!