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Intensive Care for Babies in SW Fort Worth

Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital is elevating the services available to women and children through the addition of a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The new NICU at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital began providing services for their smallest patients in June. Once a Level II nursery that treated moderately sick babies, the new NICU is now equipped to treat critical babies as a Level IIIA nursery.

“The addition of a Level IIIA NICU makes it possible for us to keep both mother and baby together here at our facility,” says Cathy Johnson, R.N., M.S., director of Maternal and Newborn Services at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital. “Even critical cases can now be treated here at home.”

Comprehensive Critical Care
According to Johnson, the new NICU includes constant coverage by a neonatal nurse practitioner, as well as advanced equipment needed to care for babies with respiratory illnesses, immature lungs or infections, all of which can be significant health concerns for the parents and families of tiny patients.

“Everything we’re doing is about listening to patients and physicians,” says Johnson. “When a woman chooses us for care, we want to be able to provide her with everything her family needs.”

For more information, visit www.texashealth.org/hmsw. (Summer 2008)

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