The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, at Dominican Hospital is a place where babies with serious medical needs are cared for. In order to effectively improve the quality of care and treatment in this unit over time as well as reduce redundancies across different hospitals within SLO County, it was crucial that we establish clear standards of care and create an efficient workflow.
The “ccs nicu standards” is a standard that has been set for neonatal intensive care in San Luis Obispo County. This standard was created to help improve the quality of care and outcomes for newborns who are admitted to the hospital.
Despite what some may believe, French Hospital Medical Center is on a steady and ongoing journey to improve the quality of treatment for all people of our community. The mission of French Hospital continues to enhance the quality and standard of care via innovation and the implementation of “best practice” in care procedures, all while managing consumer expenses responsibly and sensibly. In reality, current evidence shows that implementing best practices results in not just better treatment but also lower health-care expenditures.
Medicine is always changing, expanding, and progressing, and French Hospital is dedicated to providing these improvements in treatment to our community. SLO County is deserving of the finest we have to offer.
Last year, French Hospital celebrated 75 years of delivering outstanding care to San Luis Obispo citizens. The institution has grown to suit the requirements of our developing community since its inception in 1946, and is now globally known for patient safety, cardiac care, orthopedics, stroke therapy, and maternity.
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We made a pledge to deliver great health care for every stage of life from the outset, combining experts from top medical schools, cutting-edge technology, and safe, high-quality treatment for our patients and their families – a promise we aim to uphold.
To date, we have expanded our facility to include the renowned Copeland, Forbes & Rossi Cardiac Care Center, Copeland Health Education Pavilion, Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center, Hearst Cancer Resource Center, Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine, and more.
We are dedicated to being at the forefront of health care as our community grows. As a result, we are constructing Your New French Hospital, the hospital of the future, the fulfillment of a vision of exceptional health care and a commitment to care for the community long into the future.
Through innovative technology and highly qualified employees, this extraordinary project will transform French into the hospital of the future, greatly surpassing the requirements and aspirations of our developing community.
The $150 million-plus project is primarily supported through the Beyond Health campaign, which has received community support from contributors who share our goal.
We listened to what our patients and their families had to say. The community was instrumental in the decision to construct an innovative Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Their generosity has been overwhelming, with contributions totaling more than $5 million for the NICU project alone.
While Your New French Hospital has numerous features, the construction of the renovated 16-bed Level III Stan and Barbara Clark NICU enhances excellence by providing complete care for pregnant women and their newborns. Parents should be able to choose where they give birth, and our Stollmeyer Birthing Center will seamlessly connect with our new NICU, providing an outstanding birthing experience as well as the safety net of neonatal care, if needed.
The Acute Care Nursery at French Hospital has been caring for preterm and unwell babies for some years, but the NICU at French Hospital marks a step forward in the Central Coast’s integrated maternal-child care. The NICU will be able to continue to deliver great care because to the significant investment in people, infrastructure, and equipment.
In all of medicine, newborn intensive care is one of the most active and continuously evolving disciplines. Evidence-based, inventive, and frequently less intrusive treatments have replaced approaches and technology that were regarded “state-of-the-art” years and decades ago. Maintaining clinical quality and achieving patient service standards needs a continual commitment and investment in up-to-date buildings and the newest technology, in addition to highly qualified physicians at local hospitals.
The newest ventilators, infusion pumps, radiant warmers, isolettes, and other technology will be used in our modern NICU to assist assure the safe care of our youngest and most delicate babies. All existing state regulations for NICU care in California will be met or exceeded at the new French Hospital facility. The criteria will be considerably surpassed in many circumstances, with:
- Patient rooms with a focus on the family. According to research, private rooms aid in healing and bonding, as well as improving patient safety.
- Sleeping arrangements that allow parents to remain with their children.
- Large amounts of space are allocated every infant to assist keep the unit clean and free of illnesses.
The new NICU, which was created in collaboration with local neonatologists, will be the only one of its type in San Luis Obispo County, and will continue to meet or surpass existing patient safety and quality objectives, which French Hospital is known for.
Beyond this enormous contribution, the NICU also benefits from CommonSpirit Health, Dignity Health’s parent business, which takes a mission-driven, not-for-profit approach. Many nationally accepted initiatives (obstetrical problems, neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, children born reliant on maternal substances, and so on) were established with the help of local perinatologists and neonatologists who operate at Dignity Health institutions, notably French Hospital.
Aside from delivering the greatest quality of care for our most vulnerable babies, this new facility has many other amenities to benefit our community, including:
- A new four-story, 85,000-square-foot patient care tower is under construction.
- It now has 56 single-patient rooms, increasing the total permitted bed count to 180, making it the county’s biggest hospital.
- An extra ten Intensive Care Unit beds have been added, increasing the total number of Intensive Care Unit beds to 21. (all single rooms)
- A new front door, lobby, and dining area have been installed.
- Swanson Family Chapel is a new ecumenical chapel in the city of Swanson.
- Swanson Robotic Surgery Program is a program that focuses on robotic surgery.
- Grounds and healing locations that are holistic
- A garden terrace on the roof
- Imaging, laboratories, food preparation, and other areas have been expanded.
- Improvements in technology and services
- In case of an emergency, a heliport landing pad is available.
- A new parking structure has been built.
The innovative campus of French Hospital Medical Center will set the standard for health care in San Luis Obispo County once it is completed.
We are tremendously happy to serve our wonderful community, which has deep roots and solid connections that have developed during our many years of service. We are excited about the future of our institution and serving the inhabitants of San Luis Obispo County for many years to come.
The president and CEO of French Hospital Medical Center is Alan Iftiniuk. French Hospital Medical Center’s chief medical officer is Dr. Thomas Vendegna. Dr. Robert Turbow is a Dignity Health Central Coast neonatologist and patient safety officer. The head of the French Hospital Medical Center Community Board is Anita Robinson. The head of the French Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board is Tom Lebens.
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The “ccs policies and procedures” is a policy that sets the standard for Neonatal Intensive Care in SLO County.
- title 22 nicu regulations
- california children’s services manual of procedures
- ccs regulations
- nicu slp
- sierra vista regional medical center