New NICU Receives Award
The Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was honored recently with a Santa Clarita Elks Lodge Community Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding service organizations in our community. The hospital is one of the life-saving organizations that the Lodge honors, along with the Sheriff’s Department, CHP, Los Angeles County Fire Department and others.
Since Henry Mayo’s new $6 million state-of-the-art NICU facility opened in June 2012, the highly-trained staff has responded to the special needs of 105 tiny patients. The 11-bed, 4,369-square-foot NICU features highly-specialized equipment and ensures that critical care for newborns is available in the Santa Clarita Valley. The NICU team of neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, and support staff is led by a board-certified neonatologist.
“Our highly-trained staff of neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social workers and doctors works as a team to deliver measured care to babies at a critical juncture in their early lives,” said Sukshma Sreepathi, MD, the unit’s medical director. “We are in constant communication with parents to ease their anxieties and keep them informed of their baby’s treatment regimen.”
Patients have made statements that validate the choice of the award recipient. “The nursing staff at the NICU has a mother’s touch and soothed our nervous hearts,” said Elizabeth and Charles Perez, parents of baby Justin, one of the NICU’s first patients. “They provided our new family with a healthy, happy and beautiful new beginning.”
For more information on Henry Mayo’s Maternity Services, call (661)253-8227.
Grief Support Group
Each person responds differently to the death of someone who has been important to them. And although grief is a normal and necessary process to help one adjust to a loss, it’s not a process that has to be endured alone. For that reason, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is hosting a Grief Support Group to help all those who are mourning and grieving the death of an adult loved one.
The purpose of the group is to offer a safe environment for people to share their feelings, discuss their fears, learn more about the grieving period, and begin the healing process. Elizabeth Tarantini, LCSW will be the facilitator. The group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the HR building, Room 2, at Henry Mayo. Some of the topics to be explored during the sessions include:
•Factors that make the grief experience unique
•Typical myths about grief and mourning
•Ways to help you heal from the pain of loss
•Feelings and reactions to a significant loss
•How to handle special days and holidays
Admission is free. For more information, call (661)200-1306.
ABOUT HENRY MAYO – Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is a 238-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital serving the Santa Clarita Valley since 1975. Services include trauma, emergency, intensive care, neonatal intensive care unit, maternity, surgery, nursing, wound care, behavioral health, and acute rehab, as well as cancer, cardiology, imaging, lab, digestive, respiratory services and physical and occupational therapies. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is located at 23845 McBean Parkway in Valencia.