Welcome to Clovis Community’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It’s our goal to provide outstanding evidence-based, multidisciplinary care in a compassionate and family-centered environment where parents are encouraged to be active partners in the care of their infants. We understand that having a baby in the NICU can be a stressful time for families. Rest assured, our specially trained nurses are here to answer your questions, offer support or just to talk. Here are some important facts about our NICU:
Where we’re located:
The NICU is located on the 2nd floor in the Women’s Pavilion, right next to the postpartum area where mothers recover.
Who we are:
Our Level 2 NICU is an 8-bed unit under the direction of neonatologist, Dr. Alok Kumar. With Dr. Kumar’s leadership, our multidisciplinary team works together to assure your baby is receiving the specialized care he or she needs. Along with our specially trained nursing staff, our team consists of highly skilled professionals from physical and respiratory therapy, occupational and speech therapy, social workers and chaplains – all working together to care for your infant. We also work with physician experts in the field of genetics, surgery, neurology, cardiology and otolaryngology (ENT).
As a level 2 NICU, we care for infants born around 32 weeks of gestational age or greater which allows us to provide a higher level of care to infants without having to transfer them to another facility. We’ll care for your baby around the clock so you can bring your little one home as soon as possible.
Our Neonatology physician team:
For patient safety our NICU is a secured unit. Each baby is assigned a special alarm sensor that is attached to either the umbilical cord clamp or their name band. This sensor will set off an alarm if it leaves the NICU. We go to great lengths to make sure your baby is as safe as can be. To enter the NICU, find the call box located next to the door and push the call button to speak to a NICU team member. We encourage parents to visit often.
What to expect when you visit the NICU:
To keep your baby safe, well and to maintain confidentiality, you will be asked to comply with the following requests before you are allowed to visit the unit:
- Provide your baby’s band number. All visitors need to be accompanied by a banded care giver.
- If you’re calling into the unit, you’ll need to provide your baby’s number to the staff to receive information about your infant.
- Keep your baby’s identification number private. It’s our hospital policy to provide information to parents or legal guardians only.
- Limit the number of visitors. We encourage only two people at a time to visit the baby’s bedside. One visitor must have a baby band.
- Additional visitors may wait in the waiting room which is just down the hallway.
- Parents can spend time with their baby in the NICU 24/7. However, we request that parents ask all other visitors to limit their visit time between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- If you are sick – or if you think you might be sick – please talk to your baby’s nurse before entering the NICU.
- During cold and flu season, children under 12 years of age will not be allowed in the NICU.
- Special scrubbing: All visitors must do a 1-minute scrub of their hands and forearms upon entering the NICU. A timer is provided for your convenience and a team member will show you how to properly scrub.