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CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Opens Expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit May 3, 2019

Tyler, Texas – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System will open the doors to the newly expanded Lucy and John Carr Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Louise Ornelas Center for Mothers and Babies at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler during a Ribbon Cutting celebration at 8:00 a.m. on May 8.

The new NICU includes a host of new technology and features which include private patient rooms (28 total) with advanced light and sound control systems to create a more soothing environment. There are new overnight accommodations for parents, as well as double-capacity private rooms will allow twins to stay together. Parents also have access to a new live-feed, state-of-the-art video monitoring system that will allow parents to leave the hospital, but continually check on their precious child from their smart phone. There is even a new Transitional Care Room gives parents an overnight “trial-run” with their infant. This hotel-room style space is designed to resemble the home, with the nursing staff just outside the door. The NICU at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler is the only Level III facility in Smith County.

“With the expertise of our Medical Director, Dr. Brenda Morris, we have been able to create a state-of-the-art, best-practice facility that enhances our capability to care for those born too sick or too soon,” says Chris Glenney, Senior Vice President of Group Operations for CHRISTUS Health and Chief Executive Officer of CHRISTUS Health in Northeast Texas and President, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital has a history of going above and beyond to care for our community’s children. From opening our doors one day early in 1937 to care for students and families affected by the New London School explosion, to today as we announce this project that expands our ability to care for mothers and babies in Northeast Texas.”

“So many members of this community have faithfully supported the projects of the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Foundation and our Foundation Women’s Board throughout our history,” said Robin Rowan, Director of the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Foundation. “From their original project, the FamilyCARE Center, through the Pat Herd Women’s Center, the new Mobile Mammography Coach of 2016 and more recently the Pediatric ER Initiatives of 2017 and 2018, this community has helped make a tremendous impact on the lives of mothers and children.”

In 2012, Jennifer Walsh’s twin girls were born at 34 weeks and spent 2 weeks in the NICU. Walsh was deeply affected by her time there, and now serves as the Women’s Board Chair for 2019.

“We had two isolettes in one small room,” said Walsh. “Our support team had to use the Labor and Delivery Waiting Room as ‘command central.’ My husband and I were afraid to leave the hospital, even though we knew the babies were in expert hands. The staff of the NICU became our extended family and met our every need, but it was a terrifying introduction to parenting. I whole-heartedly supported the improvements that have been put in place. I’m so thankful for the care CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances provided to our family, and I am so proud of the care that will be provided in this wonderful facility to the families that will need it in the future.”