Texarkana, TX 74° Wed H 85° L 62° Thu H 85° L 62° Fri H 87° L 68° Weather Sponsored By:

CHRISTUS' neonatal unit gets state accreditation

CHRISTUS' neonatal unit gets state accreditation

June 27th, 2019 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana News

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been officially accredited as a Level III NICU by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Providing quality care closer to home benefits local families.

"NICU babies can have prolonged hospitalizations, often three to four months in length," Rebecca Barr, NICU clinical director said in a news release. "Having a level III NICU in Texarkana helps keeps families together. To transfer a baby out of the area for specialized care means that the mother and baby are separated from the rest of the family and the support system. We have an opportunity to provide excellent care to the baby right here in Texarkana, close to home for the members of our community. This translates to better bonding, better breastfeeding outcomes, and happier babies, parents, siblings and extended families.

This three-year designation recognizes the facility's commitment to meeting the requirements of national and state standards for Level III neonatal ICUs. The hospital's NICU was visited by state surveyors for an extensive two-day, on-site survey which took an in-depth look at the program's policies, procedures and quality-improvement programs.

"We are very pleased to receive our official designation from the State of Texas recognizing our adherence to the highest standards and rigorous best practices of a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," Dr. Susan Keeney, NICU medical director, said in a news release.

A Level III designation for the NICU means that St. Michael meets quality and safety guidelines from the Department of State Health Services. Those guidelines include providing 24-hour, in-house coverage by a neonatal nurse practitioner or neonatologist, maintaining the equipment and resources necessary to care for infants born at all stages of gestation. The NICU must also have the ability to provide for prolonged ventilator use and have a specialized NICU transport team linking them to other hospitals around the region.

"We're very proud of our NICU team who have been working hard to make sure our NICU meets the highest standards in the state of Texas," Jason Rounds, St. Michael president said in a news release. "This designation acknowledges that CHRISTUS St. Michael has all of the available resources and is committed to providing highly specialized care for newborns and their families."

Until recently, NICUs throughout Texas were self-designated meaning that hospitals were able to choose which patients they took care of without definitive guidelines. In preparation over the past several years, St. Michael's NICU team has been preparing for this designation to ensure that it remains a leader in neonatal care.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com