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Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health to celebrate opening of new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with community event

News Community members and families are invited to join Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health in celebrating a new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Lodi. The event will be held outside the Lodi hospital from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. It will feature kid-friendly activities, including face painting, corn hole, balloon animals and autographs from the Sacramento Republic athletes, as well as food and other fun. 

Thanks to the generous donations to the Lodi Memorial Foundation's First Day Capital Campaign,
the new unit will allow nearly 200 local moms, babies and families to stay together after deliveries that previously would have required mom or baby to be transferred.

A Level II designation means a NICU provides advanced specialty care. The NICU team of UC Davis Health specialists and Adventist Health Lodi Memorial nurses and staff will care for premature infants who need extra support. The unit is equipped with the most current technology and equipment to better serve the littlest patients – who will no longer require an ambulance or helicopter trip to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento to receive specialty care.  The new NICU in Lodi means pediatric patients can receive specialty care close to home.

In addition to the newborn nursery, the partnership provides an expanded array of pediatric inpatient and outpatient services for Adventist Health Lodi Memorial’s labor and delivery, emergency room and general inpatient services. Doctors from UC Davis Health will be on site in Lodi for consultation and care of pediatric patients in the emergency department and to care for patients admitted for inpatient services.  

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial delivers nearly 1,100 babies a year and cares for more than 9,000 pediatric patients annually.  

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Our compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Together, our team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with our unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.