Seattle Children's has first level 4 neonatal care unit in state

SEATTLE -- Seattle Children's Hospital now has the first level-four neo-natal intensive care unit in Washington state.

That's the highest level of care available for critically-ill newborns.

Units with this designation offer comprehensive services to treat all medical and surgical problems of newborns.

Level three only offers a select number of those procedures.

The distinction helps patients and surgeons.

Dr. Craig Jackson, medical director of the Seattle Children's Hospital newborn intensive care unit, said things that might be done once a year or a dozen times a year really belong to a place where you can really get good at something.

This also means Seattle Children's will likely see additional patients from out of state.