Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NICU Social Worker:
After meeting your sweet boy or girl for the first time, the last thing you want to do is hand off your little one to someone else. We understand completely. At The Medical Center of Plano, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses and physicians simply adore babies -- and they treat each infant like one of their own.
Our staff also helps you and your family participate as much as possible in your baby's development. The unit is open 20 hours a day, and we encourage parents and siblings to visit as often as you like. Parents can assist with baths, diaper changes, feedings and other bonding activities.
Babies who are born prematurely or with an illness need extra-special care. As a 40-bed, Level III NICU (the first and only in Collin County), we provide sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical care for infants delivered as early as 23 weeks. Here's how your baby will benefit:
At The Medical Center of Plano, we realize this time in your baby's life can be tough and highly emotional. So we created the following programs to make it a little easier on you:
When it's time to take your little one home, we encourage you to spend one or two full nights here, taking care of your baby with a nurse close-by in case you have questions. This experience will build your confidence and provide detailed, hands-on training so you can do this on your own.
Many parents say our nurses and staff become like family during their child's stay. While they're thrilled to bring their baby home, they also miss many of the friendly faces at the NICU. That's why we host a reunion each summer for NICU graduates. This special event offers lasting memories for families, as well as our staff - who anxiously await being reunited each year with the babies (some now children) who they helped get started in life.