Comprehensive care for premature and high-risk infants
The birth of a healthy baby is exciting, but sometimes newborns may need extra special care. In those cases in which a newborn is premature or has medical problems, rest assured Desert Care Network’s knowledgeable specialists and advanced technologies are readily available to care for your baby.
With the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Coachella Valley, Desert Regional Medical Center offers the highest level of infant care available in the valley. Our 30-bed unit is located in the Women and Infants Center, directly next door to our Labor & Delivery department. This allows for immediate specialized treatment when a newborn is in need.
A specialized team designed to care for special patients
Being a Level III NICU means we take care of newborns born before 32 weeks and weigh less than 1500 grams, newborns of any age and weight who are critically ill, and newborns who need special equipment and round-the-clock care to help them breathe and live.
Our NICU provides a full range of specialized health care including four neonatologists, six neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatricians from Loma Linda Health University, specialized nurses, and specialized equipment.
The NICU offers:
- Mechanical ventilation for newborns who cannot breathe on their own
- Tube feeding
- Cardiopulmonary monitoring
- Emergency transportation vehicles
- A lactation specialist
- 24-hour visitation
- Follow-up development program for high-risk infants
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