No parent ever wishes for their newborn baby to be in the neonatal intensive care unit, but the staff in the NICU Department at Clovis Community Medical Center provide top notch care to families if they ever have to be there. This week’s Healthcare Hero is the whole NICU team at Clovis Community.
Recently, the team – which is comprised of about 40 employees – was granted the Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission, which means they’ve achieved integrated, coordinated, and patient-centered care that is critical to improving and maintaining health of newborns and their mothers. The NICU Department provides a higher level of acute care for babies who need continuous monitoring, whether they have respiratory issues, or face other developmental challenges like low birth weight.
Registered nurse Jennifer Baker said they treat the babies as if they’re their own, and moms and families can rest assured they are receiving the highest level of care.
“It’s an honor, I love it, absolutely love it. It’s truly been my honor to care for these little lives and make a difference in them. You have your good days and you have your bad days, and the good days by far outweigh the bad days, and to see them thrive and to come back and see them, you know that they were a three pound baby and now they’re taller than me, is just miraculous and that they’re doing fine and they’re going on and living their life to the best of the ability that they should have,” stated Baker.
Clovis Community and Community Regional are two of six hospitals in California and only 60 hospitals nationally to achieve the Perinatal Care Certification.
For more information on Clovis Community’s NICU, click here.