Valley Baptist Medical Center –Brownsville achieves designation for higher treatment of care for newborn babiesAug 24, 2018
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS— Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville has been designated a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This designation means Valley Baptist-Brownsville offers a higher level of care for babies born prematurely or who need special care for an illness. Valley Baptist-Brownsville is the first facility in Cameron County to be designated as a Level III NICU.
A Level III NICU offers a clinical team specially trained to care for babies as premature as 23 weeks, babies born with a critical illness, or babies in need of breathing equipment to help them stay alive. The unit is fully equipped with modern state-of-the-art equipment and 24-hour coverage by skilled and talented Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, highly trained to provide quality care. In addition, there is a Lactation Consultant to assist new moms with breastfeeding and collection of breast milk for all infants in the NICU.
“We are excited to offer our families in Cameron County a higher level of care for their new babies,” said Leslie Bingham, Chief Executive Officer for Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. “It’s important to us that families have the care they need close to home, and have world-class specialists here to take care of their babies.”
The multidisciplinary team is ready to assist babies to have the best outcomes with a NICU dietitian, speech/physical therapist, social worker, chaplain, among many other entities. A diverse group of specialists are also readily available, such as a cardiologist, neurologist, pharmacist, and ophthalmologist.
As noted by March of Dimes, it’s important for moms who may have had complications during pregnancy, or a baby that has a condition and needs specialized medical care at birth to have a higher level of care available to mom and baby at delivery.
“We always hope all of our babies born here are healthy and get to go home with mom, but if the need arises, we are here to provide the highest level of care to their most important bundle of joy.” said Bingham.