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Published on April 06, 2015

Trinity Mother Frances Celebrates Sixth Annual NICU Graduation at the Caldwell Zoo

TYLER – The Trinity Mother Frances Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will host the sixth annual NICU Graduation Reunion and Celebration on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 10am until 1pm at the Caldwell Zoo.

Families, friends and staff will join together on Saturday, April 11, at the Caldwell Zoo to celebrate the Trinity Mother Frances NICU Graduates Class of 2014 and to reunite the former neonatal patients and their families with the doctors, nurses, volunteers and other hospital staff who dedicate their lives to the helping these children.

“Prior to Trinity Mother Frances opening the NICU, many of these children had to be transported to Dallas or Houston," said Brenda Morris, MD, Trinity Clinic Neonatology, Medical Director of the NICU. "Thirteen percent of Smith County newborns are premature and nearly 10 percent of all newborns require the medical expertise only available in a NICU. We have had over 400 admissions in the past 12 months with an average length of stay of about 15 days. Also, about 10 percent of our admissions have been babies that we transported from regional hospitals. These graduations are special because we get to see the families and the progress the children have made since we treated them."

This year over 100 former patients are expected to attend and be reunited with the nurses, doctors, medical staff and volunteers that helped make their survival possible.

"When expecting, the last thing you want to worry about is how your baby will be cared for," said Nancy Pusser, MD, Trinity Clinic Neonatology. "Trinity Mother Frances focuses on making sure a mother's delivery and a newborn's neonatal ICU stay is as close to home as possible, so that they can focus on getting well and going home."

About The TMF NICU

The 18-bed, Level III NICU was designed with patients and families in mind. The facility includes a private consultation room, a lounge for family and visitors, and individual patient rooms with the maximum level of comfort and privacy possible in a hospital setting.
Care at the NICU is provided with state-of-the-art respiratory technology, monitoring equipment, nutritional support and the latest advancements in developmental care to eliminate unnecessary stress levels for patients.
The highly-trained NICU team includes board certified neonatologists Brenda Morris, MD, medical director, NICU; Neonatologist Nancy Pusser, MD; Neonatologist Tiffany Taylor, MD; and neonatal nurse practitioners Darenda Walker, NNP, Renee Gray, NNP, Pam Jackson, NNP, Monika Thompson, NNP and Cynthia McClellan, NNP.
Virtual tours of the NICU are available online at tmfhc.org/NICU.

Trinity Mother Frances NICU Facts

  • Each year, nearly 2,500 babies are delivered at Mother Frances Hospital.
  • 13% of Smith County newborns are premature and nearly 10% of all newborns require the medical expertise only available in a NICU The NICU provides.
  • The NICU offers highly specialized technology including state-of-the-art respiratory, nutrition and monitoring equipment.