AUSTIN, Texas—In August 2017, St. David’s Medical Center became the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Central Texas to earn a Level IV Neonatal Designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A Level IV designation, the highest possible ranking, underscores St. David’s Medical Center’s ability to treat the most complex and critically ill infants.
“We are pleased to have earned this recognition, as it is a direct result of the service and dedication of our neonatal team,” Rhonda Reed, director of the NICU at St. David’s Medical Center, said. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to providing the highest level of care, resulting in optimal patient outcomes.”
To be designated as a Level IV (Advanced) Neonatal ICU, a hospital must:
- Provide comprehensive care for mothers and the most complex and critically ill infants of all gestational ages, as well as infants requiring sustained life support
- Have a comprehensive range of pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical subspecialists available to arrive on-site for face-to-face consultation and care, as well as the capability to perform major pediatric surgery, including the surgical repair of complex conditions
- Have skilled personnel with documented training, competencies and continuing education specific for the patient population served
- Facilitate transports
- Provide outreach education to lower-level designated facilities.
The Neonatal Levels of Care Designation, a requirement of House Bill 15, went into effect on June 9, 2016.
St. David’s Medical Center
St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.
Located in central Austin, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.
St. David’s Medical Center was recently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by earning a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating system, and it was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2010 to 2017. Truven also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group from 2012 to 2017, and it received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades for the sixth consecutive year, as well as Healthgrades’ 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for the third consecutive year.