The 60-bed neonatal intensive care unit at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego provides level 4 care, the highest designation available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Along with our NICU, the Division of Neonatology provides of full range of neonatal services, including a Comprehensive Center for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and leading Neuro-NICU Program.
Rady Children’s Neonatology program has ranked among the top 10 in the nation for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, 2022).
Our NICU is a major referral center for the most critically ill newborns, many of whom suffer from severe heart and lung conditions or are born extremely premature. Expert care is provided by the neonatologists of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego.
Designed for the best possible care and comfort, our NICU has homelike private and semi-private rooms to help parents bond with their newborns. The rooms are equipped with specially designed chairs, which enable all our infants to have skin-to-skin contact with mom and dad. Learn more.
Rady Children’s also operates level 2 NICUs at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista and Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, along with a level 3 NICUs at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta.
Additionally, we provide services (on site and on a consultative basis) to other hospitals throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties, across the nation and as far away as Saipan. The neonatologists of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego also staff the NICUs at Pomerado Hospital and UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center.
- Only Level 4 NICU serving San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties.
- Comprehensive care for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, with survival rate exceeding the national average.
- Premier Neuro-NICU Program in Southern California and throughout the country.
- State-of-the-art telemedicine robots on site for patient consultations, enabling faster diagnoses and treatment decisions.
- Among the first in the nation to purchase “SimBaby,” an amazingly realistic doll (about the size of a 6 month old) that can be used to simulate infant emergencies. (Watch the video and read our news release.) We now have a second simulation doll that is newborn size.
- One of the largest neonatal transport services in California, transporting infants throughout Southern California and from Hawaii.
- Recipient of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization’s Center of Excellence Award for our ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program. ECMO is a highly advanced life-support system used on infants with life-threatening heart or lung problems.
- Ventilator-associated and bloodstream infections that remain below the published benchmark rate.
In the News
- Improving Organoids to Advance Understanding of Lung Development and Disease, Select Science, features Sandra Leibel M.D.
- Fast DNA Sequencing Can Offer Diagnostic Clues When Newborns Need Intensive Care, National Public Radio, features Nathaly Sweeney, M.D., M.P.H.
- San Diego NICU Nurse Known for Writing Poems for Families Honored, 10news.com, features Linda Black, R.N.
- Medical Teams at Rady Children’s Hospital Train for Emergencies by Using Simulation Dolls, kusi.com, features, Charles Sauer, D.O., and Tamara Sayegh, R.N.
- Rady Children’s Hospital: Realistic Training That Will Save Lives, cbs8.com, features Charles Sauer, D.O., and Melisa Cameron, M.D.
- Rady Children’s NICU at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta Wins Top Award, Valley News, features the Rady Children’s NICU at Rancho Springs Medical Center.
- Babies Who Started Solids Slept Better: Study, WSAU News, features Jae Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
- Composition of Complex Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Future Food Allergies, UC San Diego Health, features Lars Bode, Ph.D.
- A Mother’s Day Gift for a Struggling Baby: Loving Attention, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Rady Children’s NICU
- Proceedings from the 2017 International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation Are Focus of New Supplement in the Journal of Breastfeeding Medicine, PR Newswire, features Rob Knight, PhD and Lars Bode, Ph.D. (press release)
- Rady Children’s NICU Celebrates Families at Annual Rancho Springs Medical Center Reunion,Valley News, features the Rady Children’s NICU at Rancho Springs Medical Center.
- International Conference on Human Milk Science & Innovation Explores Scientific Potential and Clinical Relevance of Human Milk, PR Newswire, features Lars Bode, Ph.D., and Rob Knight, Ph.D.
- Reader Has Great Patient Experience at Palomar NICU, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.
- Rady Children’s Hospital Gains in National Rankings, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Denise Suttner, M.D.
- Are Human Milk Oligosaccharides the Magic Bullet for Necrotizing Enterocolitis?, Nature, cites research by Lars Bode, Ph.D., Jae Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
- Babies on Drugs: Another Sad Chapter in California’s Opioid Saga, Times of San Diego, features Richard Song, M.D., and David Golembeski, M.D.
- Doctors Reconnect with Families at Rady Children’s NICU Reunion Party, cbs.com, features Gail Knight, M.D., Rady Children’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
- NEC Society Announces Nation’s First Necrotizing Enterocolitis Symposium, Yahoo Finance, features Jae Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
- MURRIETA: Rady Partnership Delivering for Rancho Springs, The Press Enterprise, features Richard Song, M.D
- Dr. Gail Knight Inspires as First African-American Woman Chief of Staff at Rady Children’s Hospital, kpbs.org
- New Program at Rady Aims to Prevent Brain Injury in Infants, U-T San Diego
- Fetal Care Program
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine (San Diego Perinatal Center)
- Pediatric Surgery
- Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport (CHET)
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