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Anniversary for AV hospital neonatal intensive care unit


Specialized care for infants

Antelope Valley Medical Center recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Level 3B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides specialized care for premature and critically ill newborns.

“Providing the care a baby needs during its ‘Golden Hour’ makes a significant difference in the baby’s outcome. It brings me vast pride to know we have provided this level of expertise and care to the Antelope Valley for 40 years,” stated Dr. Murugesa Thangavel, Antelope Valley Medical Center NICU medical director and neonatologist. “It seems surreal to have started as a 5-bed unit, to now staffing a level 3B, 21-bed unit, 40 years later. I’m honored to have witnessed the unit’s growth and to have worked alongside so many caring and compassionate medical professionals.”

Since its inception in 1984, the NICU has been a beacon of hope for families. The dedicated team of neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and support staff have played a pivotal role in advancing neonatal care, ensuring a positive and comprehensive support system for the nearly 16,000 babies they have cared for over the years.

To celebrate its milestone, AVMC hosted a special event with current and former NICU staff and community members. The event featured guest speakers that provided a retrospective showcase of the evolution of neonatal care at AVMC, in addition to a heartfelt recognition for the dedicated professionals who have contributed to the success of the NICU over its 40-year history.

“We are immensely proud to commemorate the 40th anniversary of our NICU, a testament to our commitment to providing the highest quality care for the tiniest members of our community. This milestone is a reflection of the dedication, expertise, and compassion of our exceptional NICU team,” said Edward Mirzabegian, chief executive officer, Antelope Valley Medical Center.