Expansion Increases Neonatal Intensive Care Capacity in The Rio Grande Valley

June 23, 2008

The Rio Grande Valley’s tiniest and sickest patients now have more room to receive the complex medical care they need to grow and develop into healthy children and adults.

Mission Regional Medical Center is expanding its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to 20 licensed beds to meet a growing demand in the care of at-risk babies.

Rooming-in facilities are also part of the expansion so that newborns can stay with their parents prior to discharge. This environment supports parents while they receive the education necessary to provide their babies with the special attention they will need at home.

Mission Regional Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the highest degree of quality care for at-risk newborns in the Rio Grande Valley. Our specialized care includes state-of-the-art equipment such as the High Frequency Jet Ventilator, which provides “gentle ventilation” for our littlest of infants, giving their lungs time to mature without injury. In addition the expanded NICU is the only unit in the region equipped with the Cerebral-Somatic Oximeter, which allows for quicker clinical intervention by detecting minute changes in the neonates health status. The unit also has the area’s first dedicated NICU transport team that utilizes Fixed Wing, Helicopter, and ground transportation to transport pediatric and newborns throughout the region.

Funds to support the important work at Mission Regional Medical Center’s NICU were in part provided by a grant from the Meadows Foundation and the Mission Regional Medical Center Foundation.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house are scheduled for June 26th from 10 am to 12 noon at Mission Regional Medical Center.