Our Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is available and equipped to provide the necessary care. We are the region’s first Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where approximately 450 infants are cared for each year. Our nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, occupational therapist, ophthalmologists and other staff work closely together to ensure high quality care. In addition, neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners oversee all day-to-day operations in the NICU and are available in emergency situations.
Since opening in January 2004 as the first NICU in the East Texas area, Good Shepherd’s NICU has provided quality care to meet the needs of these special babies and their families closer to home. The NICU at Good Shepherd cares for babies born as early as 23 weeks gestation. In addition, the NICU cares for full-term babies with special needs. Good Shepherd offers a neonatal and high-risk maternal transfer program for expectant mothers whose babies might benefit from care in the NICU when delivered.
- High frequency ventilation with 800 and 1,200 breaths per minute to help premature infants breath in a more gentle fashion
- Inhaled nitric oxide
- Surfactant therapy to help prevent infants’ lungs from collapsing
- Echocardiograms for physicians and nurses to detect potential heart problems in infants
- Total parenteral nutrition, to supply essential nutrients to growing babies through an IV
- Neonatal transport