Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — Woodland Heights Medical Center proudly announces the opening of the first Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area.
This NICU, an intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants, will have a huge impact on East Texans. Babies who were once being shipped to Houston or Shreveport will now be able to stay close to home. For the families of these babies, being closer to home and closer to friends and family will have a positive effect both financially and emotionally.
“We are proud to be able to invest in this community and offer a service that is currently not being offered in deep East Texas,” said Casey Robertson, CEO of Woodland Heights. “We thank our staff, physicians and Board of Trustees for their support of this project.”
The unit will have capacity for six patients and will be staffed with Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses under the direction of a Neonatologist. They will be providing care to all infants needing an increased level of care born at 32 weeks of gestation and also accept transfer patients in from other local facilities.
The facility will begin taking NICU patients the first week of December.