TMC opens Texoma's first neonatal intensive care unit

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Instead of having to fly premature infants to Dallas or Oklahoma City, babies can now get the care they need right here in Texoma.

Starting Tuesday morning, Texoma Medical Center in Denison will be able to treat babies born at 32 weeks and up and about as small as 3.5 pounds in the area's first neonatal intensive care unit or NICU.

"Just having the capability to keep babies in house locally, before we weren't able to do so," Angela Yancey said.

Without a NICU, TMC Director of Maternal Services Angela Yancey said about 10 to 15 babies a month were being flown to Dallas for care.

"So now we're able to keep a higher level of care baby with us, so any kind of infant abnormalities that need maybe a little bit of extra treatment, we're able to keep them now versus sending them to Dallas or Oklahoma City," Yancey said.

Each room is private with places for the parents to rest.

"It's the only one of its kind in the region, with 9,000+ square feet and 12 rooming-in NICU beds, it allows for us to take care of just about everybody that's coming into the door," Dr. Snehal Doshi said.

Neonatologist Dr. Snehal Doshi said the state-of-the art equipment, like the advanced incubator, will give the babies a controlled, stress-reduced environment.

"The whole top pops up so we can examine the baby if you need to, or if you need to do something minor, you can open the side door," Doshi said.

And the parents can be right by their infant's side.

"We can not only take care of our patients but take care of the families as well, so that way moms and dads aren't separated from their kids," Doshi said.

The NICU is part of the $50 million addition to TMC including an expanded emergency room, women's and children's unit and ICU.