By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) – St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been pursuing a California Children’s Services (CCS) designation for years to give local mothers an option when critical acute care is needed for their infants, that doesn’t require driving down the Cajon Pass.
St. Mary was recently granted the designation; making it the only Hospital in the High Desert that has earned the honor of taking care of some of the Victor Valley’s most important patients.
Being a CCS designated NICU means that all babies requiring Neonatal Intensive Care are now able to stay in St. Mary’s NICU for the duration of their stay. There are a myriad of requirements in becoming CCS designated. Among them: All of St. Mary’s NICU providers must be paneled by the state to provide care to the neonatal population; and all providers and supporting departments such as Pharmacy, Social Services, Dietary and Physical Therapy are either paneled by CCS and/or meet the provisions required.
“This means that our babies will be able to receive the same quality of care in their own community hospital, instead of being transferred to other hospitals down the hill for the same services,” said Rosa Ortega, St. Mary Director of Women and Children’s Services. “Many of our families do not have the means to see their babies every day when they are transferred out of the area.”
St. Mary Medical Center has also introduced an Obstetrical Laborist program, which provides a Board Certified Obstetrician to be available in the Labor and Delivery unit 24/7. This Physician works collaboratively with other staff physicians and Neonatologists to coordinate the safest care for the moms and babies.
St. Mary’s NICU also partnered with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) for neonatology services in July 2014. CHOC ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by US News & World Report in 2015 and was the first children’s hospital in the US to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
About St. Joseph Health, St. Mary
Established in 1956, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is a 212-bed acute care medical center that is home to the High Desert’s premier comprehensive cardiovascular surgery program. The medical center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. St. Mary is part of St. Joseph Health, which is a non-profit, faith-based health care delivery organization serving California, Texas and New Mexico. In Southern California, its hospitals include Mission Hospital with campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach; St. Joseph Hospital in Orange; St. Jude Medical
Center in Fullerton and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, along with St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and home health care services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health strives to achieve its mission by realizing three strategic goals: Sacred Encounters, Perfect Care and Healthiest Communities.