I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has partnered with the March of Dimes to provide a special new service to the families of our tiniest patients. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Support program is the first of its kind in Tarrant County and one of only four in the state. It is designed to help comfort and inform the families of premature babies and reduce stress related to their little one’s hospital stay and transition home.
The program was constructed based on input from families of NICU babies who have “graduated” from the unit. These families understand better than anyone the kind of support needed to guide people through the difficult experience of having a newborn in intensive care.
The program was made possible in part by a generous gift from Carolyn and Herschel Winn in memory of their daughter, Celia Winn Spaans (pronounced like “SPAWNS”), who died of breast cancer in 1998. The Celia Winn Spaans Family Support Room offers a nurturing environment where NICU staff and families can convene and support one another.
A neonatal family support specialist works to connect families with various resources and activities, including educational opportunities for parents, siblings, and staff. This family-centered approach to neonatal intensive care reflects the commitment of Texas Health hospitals to caring for the whole person — body, mind and spirit.
For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.