The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Riverside Community Hospital works to provide care to premature newborns or infants in need of a higher level of care. Many factors may lead to a newborn being admitted to the NICU, including low birth weight, respiratory issues, illness, or complications during delivery. The NICU staff works closely with parents to develop a treatment plan for their newborn.
Neonatal intensive care in the Inland Empire region
Having a baby should be a joyous event-even when a baby needs specialized care and cannot go home right away. Our skilled and specially trained NICU team is here to provide a safe and secure environment for mother and baby, so they can bond in a nurturing and loving setting, where they will feel confident their baby is receiving the care needed to heal and grow. As a Level III NICU, our team is committed to providing individualized, high-quality care to our intensive care neonates. The NICU team at Riverside Community Hospital works diligently to provide the highest quality of care, and is equipped with the latest technology to support and treat the critically ill and premature neonate.
For more information on our NICU or to find an OBGYN, please call our Consult-A-Nurse team at (951) 788-3463.
What is a NICU?
Some babies are born with a need for intensive medical care and are placed in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for specialized medical attention and treatment. There, the newborn will be admitted to an incubator or warming bed, where their care will be constantly monitored by neonatologists with specialized training and experience in the care of the sick or premature infant. Our 20-bed unit is located in close proximity to our postpartum unit, so parents are close to their children.
Our Levell III NICU features include:
- 24-hour board-certified neonatologist coverage
- 24-hour coverage by a respiratory therapist with Level III NICU experience
- A highly-secured area for families
- Dedicated case manager for the Level III NICU and obstetric areas
A dedicated neonatal care team
Our experienced, multidisciplinary NICU team is led by board-certified neonatologists, which are available 24/7, and consist of specialists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and allied care professionals who work together around the clock to provide advanced life-saving care to our tiny miracles. Our dedicated neonatal team recognizes the need for parents to be involved in their baby’s care. Parents have 24-hour access to the NICU and our team to ensure they feel connected to their children and be a part of their total care plan.
Our trained healthcare professionals, together with our neonatal specialists offer consultations and information in the following areas:
- Lactation consultants
- Prenatal education services provided by our women’s services center
- Occupational Therapy
- Our women’s services center gives parents the information and tools they need to give their new baby the best start in life.
- Long-term nutritional support
- Infant CPR video education
- One to one bedside education for parents