Providence celebrates with NICU "graduates"

October 27, 2010
The NICU reunion was featured on KPTV’s Good Day Oregon this morning. The annual event gives families a chance to share experiences and reconnect with the NICU staff. The fun-filled celebration included face painting, a photo booth, games, snacks and prize drawings.

About our NICU
The neonatal intensive care unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center now has the largest NICU in Oregon and the third-largest on the West Coast. Our new, expanded Level III NICU has added 19 single-family rooms, for a new total capacity of 70 monitored beds.

We are pleased to offer parents the new option of single-family rooms. Recognizing the stress of having a sick baby, we believe that families’ stress will be mitigated by a private room along with the support of child life specialists, social workers, chaplains, our Partnering with Families program, and our entire team of physicians and nurses. We plan to eventually provide a private-room experience for all of our patients.

In our NICU, we are achieving consistent national benchmark performance in patient outcomes. We participate in the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) registry of NICUs. This network has data from more than 800 NICUs worldwide, and two-thirds of all very low-birthweight infants in the United States are entered into the VON database. We rate consistently in the top 10 percent of the network for overall clinical outcomes. These results are related not only to our experienced perinatal team, but also to the clinicians throughout the state who work with us and provide excellent prenatal and obstetric care. Oregon has one of the lowest rates of low-birthweight infants in the country – we all can be proud of this.