July 19, 2018
Medical City Arlington’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been officially designated as a Level III facility from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
A Level III NICU designation is the second to highest level of neonatal care and reflects Medical City Arlington’s ability to provide optimal healing and treatment for critically ill newborns of all gestational ages. State law requires all NICUs to apply for neonatal level of care designations, and undergo rigorous evaluation and verification to ensure NICUs meet stringent clinical care guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“As a state-designated Level III NICU, we are proud to be the destination of choice for healthcare excellence for mothers and families seeking exceptional clinical quality to complement their personalized birth plan and needing a higher level of newborn care,” said Keith Zimmerman, CEO of Medical City Arlington. “This advanced designation reaffirms our commitment to providing an elevated standard of care for mothers and babies in Arlington and surrounding communities.”
Medical City Arlington has 22 beds in its Level III NICU, which serves the most critically ill and premature infants who require specialized, focused care. The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art, intensive care nursery technology and is staffed by a collaborative, specialized and compassionate team of medical professionals. The hospital is adding an additional 14 NICU beds to its dedicated Women’s Hospital scheduled to open in spring of 2019.
The hospital participates with a regional transfer center, which means that several area hospitals have transferred numerous moms and newborns to Medical City Arlington’s Level III NICU for advanced treatment. The credentialed specialists at Medical City Arlington also provide neonatology services and consultation support to rural hospitals across North Texas through the hospital’s TeleNICU program.