Halifax Health’s Center for Women and Infant Health

Betty Jane France Level II Neonatal ICU at Halifax Health

“At Halifax Health – Center for Women & Infant Health we have the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Volusia & Flagler Counties that is equipped and ready to care for premature babies that are born as early as 28 weeks and as tiny as 2 lbs., or 1,000 grams. When you here the term “Level II” this means that the facility can provide care to newborns born more than 32 weeks gestation or weigh 1,500 grams. There is a big difference between a newborn that is born at 28 weeks and 32 weeks. Although you may never plan on your baby arriving into this world premature, rest assure that the team of experts in the Level II Neonatal ICU at Halifax Health are experienced and fierce advocates for your tiny bundle of joy.

Halifax Health – Center for Women & Infant Health, Level II Neonatal ICU has been providing care for premature babies in this community since 1975. In 1977 Dr. YB Au Yeung joined the staff as the first full-time neonatologist.  As a result, the neonatal mortality rate in the area dropped from 21 to 12 per 1,000 births. Now more than 40 years later we continue to provide expert care to our tiniest patients by having Neonatologists on staff 30 years’ experience in caring for NICU patients. In addition the Neonatal Nurses are by your side every step of the way. Our charge nurses for the Neonatal ICU have over 60 years of NICU experience combined and fifty percent of our NICU team has 20 years or more of experience in the NICU. It is because of our highly experienced team that babies are able to stay at this hospital and in this community and not be separated from their family. Expertise matters when it comes to the care of your sweet baby.

Our Level II Neonatal ICU completed a $1 million dollar construction project that included an expansion from a 9 bed unit to a 14 bed open-concept unit. Although we love to say that Mommy comes first, we designed the Level II Neonatal ICU with your baby in mind. Newborn babies that are admitted to the Neonatal ICU require an exceptional level of care and constant observation.  With an open-concept Neonatal ICU you don’t only have one person monitoring your baby in a private setting, but rather a full team surrounding your baby that can see, hear and be in constant observance to provide acute care that your baby requires. The setting in the NICU is completely different than any other location within the hospital. Everything from the lighting to the floors was designed to mimic a quiet and warm environment just as your baby would have experienced in your womb.”

 

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Halifax Health operates the area’s only 24-hour Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. The NICU provides unique services for about 200 newborns per year that require intensive care due to prematurity or illness diagnosed around the time of delivery. Located in the Center for Women & Infant Health, the NICU is staffed by board certified neonatologists and nurses who specialize in neonatal care.

The nine-bed unit opened in April 1975. In 1977, Dr. YB Au Yeung joined the staff as the first full-time neonatologist. As a result, the neonatal mortality rate in the area dropped from 21 to 12 per 1,000 births. Through it’s partnership with the University of Florida College of Medicine at Jacksonville, neonatologists Peter G. Taves, MD, and Deborah A. Donlon, MD, currently staff the nine-bed NICU at Halifax Health. Drs. Taves and Donlon provide around-the-clock, on-site neonatal care and facility direction.

In addition to the improved outcome from immediate, on site care, the continued care for these infants in the families’ hometown is important. Parents have a better opportunity to be present and bond with their infants while experiencing less stress from travel to hospitals outside of the area.

Why is the availability of a 24-hour NICU important – even for women with healthy pregnancies and healthy babies? Listen to Jen Engler’s Story or View her video testimonial.

At Halifax Health, our most precious patients are cared for by dedicated physicians and clinicians in a caring, collaborative environment.

More about our Center for Women & Infant Health.

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