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Elks presents NICU with Community Service Award

Posted: April 15, 2013 5:49 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 5:49 p.m.
 

The Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was honored recently with a Santa Clarita Elks Lodge Community Service Award.

The award recognizes outstanding service organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The hospital is one of the life-saving organizations that the Lodge honors along with the Sheriff’s Department, CHP, Los Angeles County Fire Department and others.

Since Henry Mayo’s new $6 million state-of-the-art NICU facility opened in June 2012, the highly-trained staff has responded to the special needs of 105 tiny patients.

The 11-bed, 4,369-square-foot NICU features highly-specialized equipment and ensures that critical care for newborns is available in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The NICU team of neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, and support staff is led by a board-certified neonatologist.

"Our highly-trained staff of neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social workers and doctors works as a team to deliver measured care to babies at a critical juncture in their early lives," said Sukshma Sreepathi, MD, the unit’s medical director. "We are in constant communication with parents to ease their anxieties and keep them informed of their baby’s treatment regimen."

The NICU at Henry Mayo strengthens the entire community by keeping families and their newborns together at a most critical time, solidifying it as a destination choice for families.

"The nursing staff at the NICU has a mother’s touch and soothed our nervous hearts," said Elizabeth and Charles Perez, new parents of baby Justin, one of the NICU’s first patients. "They provided our new family with a healthy, happy and beautiful new beginning."

For more information on Henry Mayo’s Maternity Services, call 661-253-8227.

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