Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center recently completed expansion of the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) between Santa Barbara and Salinas with the addition of six beds. The additional six beds will now provide care to 22 infants.
The nearly year long project included an expansion and renovation with the NICU recently received its Certificate of Occupancy following an inspection from the California Department of Public Health. The project cost $1.8 million to complete.
“With this expansion Sierra Vista has enabled our community to continue to have access to high quality care for the most vulnerable of our population, namely critically ill newborns,” said Dr. Steven Van Scoy, the Unit’s medical director. “This will also enable families to have their newborn close to home rather than sometimes having to be transferred to a hospital more than 100 miles away.”