St. David's HealthCare
January 27, 2021

AUSTIN, TX — St. David's Medical Center recently earned a Level IV Maternal Designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A Level IV designation is awarded to facilities that provide the highest possible comprehensive care and emphasizes the hospital's ability to treat the most complex cases that present a high risk of maternal morbidity or mortality. Both the Maternal and NICU departments at St. David's Medical Center have received a Level IV designation.

“This designation demonstrates the commitment of our staff to provide high-quality patient care for mothers and babies with the most medically complex conditions,” Todd Steward, chief executive officer of St. David's Medical Center, said. “As a result of our team's dedication, St. David's Medical Center is the only facility in Austin to earn both a Level IV Maternal and Level IV NICU designation by the state.”

To be designated as a Level IV Maternal facility, a hospital must:

  • Provide comprehensive care for women with the most complex medical, surgical and obstetrical conditions, as well as fetuses that present a high risk of maternal morbidity or mortality
  • Have a maternal fetal medicine critical care team with expertise in caring for pregnant or postpartum patients who are in critical condition or have complex medical conditions
  • Have a comprehensive range of medical and surgical critical care specialists and subspecialists, as well as the capability to perform major surgery on women on site
  • Facilitate transports
  • Provide outreach education to lower-level designated facilities

The Maternal Levels of Care Designation, a requirement of House Bill 15 that went into effect on March 1, 2018, is valid for three years.

For more information on services offered at St. David's Medical Center, visit St. David's locations.