​​Rady Children's Hospital NICU​​​

The 60-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego provides Level 4 care, the highest designation available by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Our NICU is a major referral center for the most critically ill newborns, many of whom suffer from severe heart and lung conditions or are born extremely premature. Expert care is provided by the Neonatology Division of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego.​

For the eleventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks our Neonatology program among the nation’s best in its “Best Children’s Hospitals” edition.​

130926-0479.jpgDesigned for the best possible care and comfort, our NICU has homelike private and semi-private rooms to help parents bond with their newborns. The rooms are equipped with specially designed chairs, which enable all our infants to have skin-to-skin contact with mom and dad.

Rady Childrens operates NICUs in seven other area hospitals including level 2 NICUs at  Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, and Pomerado Hospital. We operate level 3 NICUs at Palomar Medical CenterRancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. We also provide services (on site and on a consultative basis) to other hospitals throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties, and across the nation and as far away as Saipan.​​

Rady Children's at Palomar 
Medical Center (Downtown)
2185 Citricado Parkway (Map it)
Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: 442-281-5000
Rady Children's at Scripps 
Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Drive ((Map it)
Encinitas, CA  92024
Phone: 760-633-6120

Rady Children's at Scripps 
Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Avenue (Map it)
La Jolla, CA   92037
Phone: 858-626-6282

Rady Children's at 
Rancho Springs Medical Center
25500 Medical Center Drive (Map it)
Murrieta, CA 92562
Phone: 951-894-3526

Rady Children's at Scripps 
Mercy Hospital San Diego
4077 Fifth Ave ((Map it)
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-294-8111

Rady Children's at Scripps 
Mercy Hospital Chula Vista
435 H Street (Map it)
Chula Vista, CA  91910
Phone: 619-691-7000
Rady Children's at Pomerado Hospital
156115 Pomerado Road ((Map it)
Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-613-4143

Rady Children's Hospital High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic

The High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic provides evaluation of the growth and development of infants and young children who are at risk for neurologic problems or developmental delays because of premature birth, low birth weight or other problems at birth.

Special examinations are performed by a pediatric nurse practitioner or a clinical psychologist to evaluate how your baby is growing, changing, learning and developing. The team will provide guidance and referrals based on the evaluation to help your infant achieve their full developmental potential

We evaluate:

  1. Neuromotor function (muscle strength or weakness)
  2. Growth and nutrition (physical growth)
  3. Language development (ability to listen and talk)
  4. Social interaction (ability to interact with others)
  5. Developmental milestones (ability to achieve developmental stages)

The complete evaluation takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours, and the results are discussed with you.  The evaluation provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your child's development.  A copy of the evaluation report is also sent to your child's pediatrician. 

For more information, click on the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Rady Children's NICU In the News

Related Specialties

  1. Maternal-Fetal Medicine  (San Diego Perinatal Center)
  2. Pediatric Surgery 
  3. Rady Children's Hospital Emergency Transport  (CHET)

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