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In August 2017, St. David’s Medical Center became the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Central Texas to earn a Level IV Neonatal Designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A Level IV designation, the highest possible ranking, underscores St. David’s Medical Center’s ability to treat the most complex and critically ill infants.

“We are pleased to have earned this recognition, as it is a direct result of the service and dedication of our neonatal team,” Rhonda Reed, director of the NICU at St. David’s Medical Center, said. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to providing the highest level of care, resulting in optimal patient outcomes.”

To be designated as a Level IV (Advanced) Neonatal ICU, a hospital must:

  • Provide comprehensive care for mothers and the most complex and critically ill infants of all gestational ages, as well as infants requiring sustained life support
  • Have a comprehensive range of pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical subspecialists available to arrive on-site for face-to-face consultation and care, as well as the capability to perform major pediatric surgery, including the surgical repair of complex conditions
  • Have skilled personnel with documented training, competencies and continuing education specific to the patient population served
  • Facilitate transports
  • Provide outreach education to lower-level designated facilities.

The Neonatal Levels of Care Designation, a requirement of House Bill 15, went into effect on June 9, 2016.

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