Neonatal Intensive Care

The BSA Level III-certified Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides expert care for newborns who need highly-specialized treatment, including babies with low birth weights and those born as early as 22 weeks. Our team of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, medical social workers, discharge planners and unit managers work collaboratively from delivery to discharge to ensure your baby gets the best care available.

The BSA NICU was the second NICU in Texas and the first in the Panhandle to receive the designation as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care service provider from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Two key requirements of the Level III neonatal designation are 24-hour in-house coverage by specialized personnel and a board certified neonatologist available around the clock. 

The BSA NICU’s state-of-the-art technology includes a minimal stimulation room, whole body cooling therapy, and the only Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist system in the Panhandle.

After your baby is discharged from the BSA NICU, our staff will continue to support you with referrals and consultations, including a free developmental screening program. 

Family-Centered Care

The BSA NICU team has a strong philosophy of family-centered care when it comes to you and your baby. Parents are encouraged to join in the care of their newborn by giving baths and providing Kangaroo Care. Kangaroo Care is a technique where parents hold their baby on their chest, skin-to-skin. By holding your little one directly against your skin, you'll feel the experience of parenthood and closeness to your baby. Kangaroo Care is also healing in many ways – for both you and your newborn. Skin-to-skin contact aids in maintaining body warmth, regulating heart rates and reducing stress. 

Another family-focused feature of the BSA NICU is the Parent Rooms. The Parent Rooms are located in the BSA NICU and allow parents to "room in" with their newborn before taking the baby home. Rooming in allows you to become accustomed to listening for the alarms and monitors the baby may require at home. Parents are able to practice giving medications or treatments too. The Parent Rooms provide an opportunity for you to care for your new baby with the guidance and support of the BSA NICU team. 

BSA NICU Amenities

- 24-hour in-house coverage by specialized personnel.

- Highly trained Registered Nurses care for your baby. 

- An average nurse to patient ratio of 1:2. 

- Board Certified Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners on staff. 

- Personalized care and parent education. 

- State-of-the-art technology.

- Parent Rooms for rooming in with your baby. 

- Continued support after discharge with referrals, consultations, and an annual NICU Reunion Party.

NICU Reunion Party

The NICU Graduate Party has been rescheduled for February 10, 2018. This event is for families who have had a patient in the BSA NICU. It is a come and go event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the BSA Auditorium on the second floor.