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Hospital celebrates neonatal unit's first birthday

Released by John Moore with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics:

TYLER, TX - Thursday, officials with Mother Frances Hospital celebrated the first birthday of Tyler's first Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Staff, donors, some of the first year's patients and their families attended a celebration at the Hospital's Wisenbaker Conference Center.

Trinity Mother Frances NICU Facts:

• Each year, nearly 3,000 babies are delivered at Mother Frances Hospital. In the first year of service, the NICU has allowed over 340 babies to stay in Tyler, rather than be transported to other distant facilities for care.

• The NICU provides care for babies born at Mother Frances or other nearby facilities as early as 28 weeks or weighing as little as 2.2 pounds, as well as full term infants with breathing difficulties, infections and other health conditions.

• The 18-bed unit occupies the area of the former nursery on Mother Frances Hospital's second floor.

• The Trinity Mother Frances NICU opened through the generosity of donors, both individuals and corporate. Over $1.8 million was raised to fund the NICU.

• The NICU still relies on and accepts tax-deductible donations through the Trinity Mother Frances Foundation.

• The NICU's skilled staff includes two board certified neonatologists and two certified neonatal nurse practitioners: Brenda Morris, MD, medical director, NICU; Nancy L. Pusser, MD; Cynthia McClellan, NNP and Darenda A. Walker, NNP.

• The NICU provides specialized medical care utilizing state-of-the-art respiratory technology, monitoring equipment, nutritional support and incorporates the latest advancements in developmental care to eliminate unnecessary stress levels for the patients.

• Having a NICU in Tyler allows the parents to stay close to home and the support of their loved ones while helping them avoid the additional emotional and financial stress that transport to another city can cause.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic.  Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas.

For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit

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