Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd’s wish is that every baby is born healthy, but when special care is needed, our Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is available and equipped to provide the necessary care. Good Shepherd Medical Center is home to the region’s first Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where approximately 450 infants are cared for each year. Good Shepherd 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. Facilities include:

  • 31 beds total as needed
  • 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

Good Shepherd Medical Center works with other regional hospitals in accepting babies with a need for the NICU. The NICU at Good Shepherd is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the people of this community with the same level of care that citizens of larger metropolitan areas receive.

For more information on the NICU, please call 903.315.2000.

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