Medical City Plano received word that its neonatal intensive care unit has been designated as Level III by the Texas Department of Health Services. It’s the second-highest level under the state’s system. The 42-bed NICU provides multidisciplinary care to babies delivered as early as 23 weeks.
NICU’s across Texas have been finishing up the evaluation and verification process and awaiting their official designations. A law passed by the Texas Legislature requires that every NICU in Texas that wants to be reimbursed under Medicaid has to undergo the process by September 2018.
“Maintaining this advanced Level III NICU designation, with a family-centered philosophy, reinforces our commitment to providing all mothers and babies that come through our doors with excellent care,” says Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano, in a statement.
Last week, Texas Health Plano held an event to mark its designation as a Level IV NICU, which was attended by some political types including Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. It’s one of just a few Level IV’s in Dallas-Fort Worth so far. I’ll round them all up in a post when everyone has been designated.