Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Not all NICUs are created equal, and it’s important to know the difference when you are choosing where to have your baby. Huntington Hospital offers beyond-advanced care in our level III B NICU for babies born prematurely or with medical problems. In fact, our NICU provides the highest level of neonatal intensive care available in the San Gabriel Valley.

We have in-house neonatologists available 24 hours a day with support teams that include neonatology surgeons, physicians and nurses; specially trained respiratory therapists; pediatric pharmacists; occupational therapists; dietitians and transport teams.

For more information about the NICU, or to arrange for a transport, please call (626) 397-8524.

NICU Services

We are the only hospital in the San Gabriel Valley to offer many of the advanced neonatal care techniques that are responsible for saving dozens of young lives every year. Our NICU offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical services.

Therapeutic Induced Hypothermia (Total Body Cooling)

Cooling is a treatment that may prevent or minimize long-term consequences of brain injury in newborns.

Nitric Oxide Treatment

Nitric oxide treatment is a non-invasive method of treating respiratory and cardiopulmonary disorders in infants.

Small Baby Unit

Our small baby unit provides specialized care for our tiniest patients under 32 weeks and 1500 grams.

Nutrition & Feeding Program

We want our patients to have the best care so we provide the option of milk from a licensed donor milk bank for qualified candidates. For babies born under 32 weeks gestation, less than 1500 grams, or those who have suffered a bowel injury, donor milk may be given (with parental conset) until the mother’s own milk supply is the right amount to feed her baby until he/she reaches 32 weeks gestation. Studies have shown that breast milk offers many benefits such as improved digestion, help with long-term development, and has active growth and changing hormones.

High Risk Infant Clinic

For NICU graduates who require follow-up care after discharge, a team of skilled practitioners from our high-risk infant follow-up clinic are on-hand to assist families with additional services.

For more information about high-risk infant clinic, please call (626) 397-8675.

Patient Stories

Patient stories portrait: Tran family


Brycen Tran, born June 3, 2018, weighed less than four-fifths of a pound at birth, making him the smallest baby ever born at Huntington Hospital. Nothing had prepared his parents for the premature arrival of their first child. Mom, HourLy Lim, had a seemingly normal pregnancy until she was diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure […]
Elena Elias and her husband, sitting on a couch and holding their baby daughter in front of them


Elena Elias was born on May 11, 2017, after only 23 weeks and five days of gestation. Her mom, Natalie, had an emergency cesarean section at Huntington Hospital. Elena was born small — only 1 pound, 2.2 ounces (515 grams) — a micro-preemie. Elena could not breathe on her own at birth. Elizabeth Kovacs, MD, […]
Elizabeth Lascaze Smith and her husband, sitting on a couch and holding their twin children


Elizabeth Lascaze was in extreme pain. It started suddenly when she was just 23 weeks pregnant with twins. Something was wrong. “It was terrifying,” says Elizabeth. “I didn’t know if we were going to lose the babies.” Her physician determined that Elizabeth was going into labor — dangerously early. Her twins needed more time in […]
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Galluppi family, standing outside in nature with baby daughter


In late March 2020, Rachel Galluppi went into labor — 35 weeks into her pregnancy. She and her husband, Francis, rushed to Huntington Hospital. After examining Rachel, caregivers determined that her baby was in breech position. Rachel would need a cesarean section right away. Only an hour after the Galluppis arrived at the hospital, baby […]
Patient story: Lemon Family

Lemon Family

After two healthy pregnancies with her boys Luca and Joaquin, and a stillbirth with her angel baby Soleil, Celina Lemon experienced secondary infertility. So, when she and her husband, Juan, found out that they were pregnant with two baby girls, they were overjoyed. Over the first 31 weeks, Celina’s pregnancy went fairly smooth, as she […]
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