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
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.