Neonatal partnerships provide care for the most premature babies

(SACRAMENT) November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. UC Davis Children’s Hospital has partnered with a growing number of community hospitals to bring its nationally ranked neonatal care to more premature babies requiring care in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

NICU nurse cares for a baby while mom watches
UC Davis Children’s Hospital partners with community hospitals to bring its nationally ranked neonatal care to more premature babies.

“Prematurity awareness sheds light on the risks and hardships created by premature births,” said Satyan Lakshminrusimha, chair of pediatrics and chief physician at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “It also reflects achievements in successfully treating preterm infants and supports changes that support families experiencing preterm births.”

UC Davis Children’s Hospital serves as the regional NICU partner for seven NICU community affiliates focused on supporting maternal and child health care. These partners are located throughout UC Davis Health’s 33-county service area that extends from central California to the Oregon and Nevada borders. These are:

The partnerships aim to improve the quality of care, bring mothers and babies together and ensure that patients get the right care in the right place at the right time.

Satyan Lakshminrusimha

Our NICU network significantly increases the level of care available to children in the region and reduces the need for transfers to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.” Satyan Lakshminrusimha

UC Davis also has a California Children’s Services designated high-risk infant follow-up clinic at the MIND Institute. The specialty clinic provides a developmental screening program to help families identify challenges and provide recommendations that help NICU graduates with growth and development.

“Our mission is to help families stay in their communities by bringing them our advanced and highly specialized neonatal care,” said Lakshminrusimha. “Our NICU network significantly increases the level of care available to children in the region and reduces the need for transfers to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.”

Additionally, UC Davis has two prenatal diagnostic center clinics in Stockton and Sacramento, staffed by UC Davis maternal-fetal physicians. These provide mothers-to-be with comprehensive counseling, genetic screening and diagnostic tests for fetal abnormalities such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital was ranked 29th in the nation for neonatology by US News & World Report in their 2022-2023 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. UC Davis has a designated Level IV NICU (the highest rating possible) for the Sacramento Region, providing expert clinical care to children throughout Northern California, including those born very prematurely, who are extremely ill, or require surgery .

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Neonatal partnerships provide care for the most premature babies

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