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Newborns needing specialized medical attention -- whether or not it is cardiac-related -- receive tender-loving care at Tri-City Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only Level III NICU in North County. The hospital’s NICU offers comprehensive services not available elsewhere in San Diego County and keeps families together using the latest technology.

Telemedicine
Tri-City Medical Center is the only hospital in the county that partners with University of California, San Diego Medical Center in an innovative telemedicine program that connects neonatologist at both facilities. The program allows those experts to collaborate, diagnose and treat some of San Diego County’s tiniest, most difficult cases. Using a real-time, two-way audio/video connection eliminates the need for Tri-City Medical Center to transport its patients. However, in cases where further care is needed, this program allows for coordinated care and a transfer to the NICU at University of California, San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest.

From anywhere in the world
Keeping families connected is also the reason Tri-City Medical Center installed 25 NICView webcams, becoming the first hospital in the county to offer the system.

Paid for with generous donations from Hans Schiff and Coleman Dental through Tri-City Hospital Foundation, the cameras allow family members and friends to view the baby from anywhere in the world -- including the warfront in Afghanistan -- using a password-protected portal, such as a computer or other mobile device.

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