Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) today following the inspection and approval of the new unit by the California Department of Public Health last Friday.

The state agency also approved the expansion of the hospital’s cardiovascular services, including interventional cardiac catheterization and cardiothoracic surgery.

The new state-of the art, 11-bed NICU offers specialized services for newborns and is supported by a specialized team of experts that include doctors, nurses, respiratory care specialists, nutritionists, pharmacists, and physical and occupational therapists. A board- certified neonatologist will oversee care, and nurses with advanced training in infant care will provide continual monitoring.

The expansion of cardiac services will help Henry Mayo address the growing problem of heart disease in the community with services such as open heart surgery, valve replacement and coronary interventions, hospital officials said.

“Over the last 10 months, physicians and medical staff leadership worked very closely with us to expand and implement new cardiac interventional services,” Hospital President and CEO Roger E. Seaver said in a prepared statement. “Some of the most experienced and well-respected cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons in the region have chosen to practice at Henry Mayo and bring their talents to the citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley."

Judy Temes