North Central Baptist Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) recently earned a Level IV designation for its ability to care for the youngest and most fragile newborns.
The hospital celebrated the achievement with a gathering honoring NICU doctors, nurses and others who make such a huge difference in the lives of the little ones.
“This is important for families in our area,” said Mary Wearden, M.D., North Central Baptist Hospital NICU Medical Director. “Having Level IV designation means that we can care for babies with complex issues, and keep them close to home.”
The NICU at North Central Baptist Hospital has 115 nurses and 21 support teams. So far this year, 900 babies have been cared for in the NICU at North Central. The smallest baby was only 14 ounces, and the youngest was born at only 22 weeks.
Additional Tenet hospitals with Level IV NICUs include Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan and The Hospitals of Providence (THOP)–Memorial Campus in El Paso, Texas. THOP Memorial Campus is also Perinatal Certified and it is the only hospital in El Paso to have both. Perinatal certification is achieved through the Joint Commission and certifies that the hospital provides “integrated, coordinated, patient-centered care for clinically uncomplicated pregnancies and births.”