Through a partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, St. Joseph Health System offers the Brazos Valley’s a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staffed by neonatologists who provide care at Texas Children’s, a nationally recognized facility.
A level III NICU offers a high level of care for critically ill infants born at 28 weeks and later. The St. Joseph level III NICU at the regional health center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by neonatologists who provide care at Texas Children’s, making it the only NICU in the region offering this level of care. Texas Children’s operates the country’s largest level IV NICU, caring for more than 2,500 babies each year. To learn more about Texas Children’s Newborn Center, visit: http://texaschildrens.org/newborn/.
Dr. S. Gwynn A. Geddie is the medical director of St. Joseph Regional Health Center’s NICU. Dr. Geddie has 20 years of neonatal expertise. He was most recently the medical director for newborn services at CHI St. Luke’s Health The Vintage Hospital in Houston, and held positions at Baylor College of Medicine and Spohn Memorial in Corpus Christi.
This advancement between St. Joseph Regional and Texas Children's Hospital further elevates the commitment St. Joseph has to women’s care in our community. St. Joseph Regional delivers over 1,500 babies a year and approximately ten percent of those babies receive care in our level III NICU.
The labor and delivery team at St. Joseph Regional is among the most experienced in the Brazos Valley, with many nurses on staff who have assisted in delivering multiple generations of families from the community. The team of NICU nurses collectively have more than 100 years of experience in caring for newborns, including triplets and quadruplets delivered at St. Joseph.
There are two lactation rooms for mothers of critically ill babies, allowing them to provide breast milk for their newborns. Additionally, the NICU has a parent sleep room available that allows families to room with their baby, making the transition from NICU to home much easier.