State awards Kaweah Delta full NICU community level status

VISALIA – California Children’s Services (CCS) has awarded Kaweah Delta Medical Center with full approval as a CCS Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The community designation, awarded on Thursday, April 11, allows Kaweah Delta to continue caring locally for babies who require intensive care and begin receiving reimbursements from the state for providing advanced care to NICU patients. 

“It is our priority to provide the best care possible to the babies of our community,” said Marie Young, BSN RNC, Nurse Manager of Kaweah Delta’s NICU. “Keeping these babies close to their families is an important part of the care and healing process. This designation allows us the ability to continue providing this crucial service.”

To achieve community level designation, Kaweah Delta underwent a three-day site visit in May 2011 by California Children’s Services. During the survey, Kaweah Delta was required to show among other things that a Neonatologist is available to provide care to patients 24-hours a day in the NICU and that all nurses are trained to care for critically-ill babies requiring intensive care.

Previously as an intermediate level NICU, Kaweah Delta cared for approximately 475 babies last year under the direction of Neonatologist George Latta, MD, Medical Director of NICU services at Kaweah Delta, with support from Dr. Marianne Anderson and Dr. Christine Nelson.Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer, said the designation is one that should make the community proud.

“With the support of the board and the hard work and dedication of Kaweah Delta’s multi-disciplinary teams including physicians and nursing staff, we are proud to have achieved community level NICU designation,” he said.