Neonatal Outcomes

The Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Valley Children's Hospital is a specially designed nursery that provides the most advanced, around-the-clock care and monitoring for vulnerable infants in Central California. Our 88-bed NICU features 21 private and semi-private rooms to accomodate parents and their babies at all levels of treatment.

Valley Children's offers a comprehensive array of services for critically ill babies that includes a collaborative team of pediatric surgeons and physicians. These physicians coordinate with specially trained nurses to care for babies with the most challenging and complex conditions. Valley Children's is a Magnet-recognized organization demonstrating excellence in nursing practice and quality patient care.

Our expert transport team provides nearly 800 neonatal transports a year, delivering the most experienced, life-saving care in the region. 

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.


NICUs in Partner Hospitals

Valley Children's provides Community and Intermediate Neonatal Intensive Care for neonates and infants in our NICUs at partner hospitals across the region. This provides families with critically ill babies the opportunity to receive treatment closer to home. 

These satellite NICUs are located at the following:

  • Saint Agnes Medical Center (Fresno) - An eight-bed, Community Level III NICU, and a six-bed Intermediate Level II NICU
  • Mercy Medical Center (Merced) - An eight-bed Intermediate Level II NICU
  • Adventist Medical Center (Hanford) - A six-bed Intermediate Level II NICU