New Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is Equipped to Care for Cy-Fair’s Special Deliveries 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Thursday, 13 November 2008 

The birth of a child is one of the most exciting times of parents’ lives. While most parents do everything they can to ensure their child is born healthy, problems sometimes arise that require a newborn to remain hospitalized longer than expected. That’s where the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Women’s Health Center at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital comes in.

The expanded NICU at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is equipped to handle difficult neonatal emergencies and is staffed with highly skilled health care professionals trained to care for the specific needs of neonatal patients. As a Level III facility, the neonatologists on the medical staff and the nursing staff are prepared to care for the sickest, tiniest of babies.

“The expansion of our level III neonatal intensive care unit was an important project for the hospital and for the community,” explains Tung Giep, MD, director of the Neonatology Department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We want our neighbors to have ready access to medical center style health care close to home during this special time in their lives.”

  Terry Wheeler, Cy-Fair Hospital chief executive officer, and Dr. Tung Giep, director of the Neonatology Department, at the Level III NICU Grand Opening.

The NICU is the area of the hospital where sick babies receive specialized treatment for infections, birth defects, breathing difficulties, growth restriction and maternal health problems. In addition to extremely premature and low-birth-weight babies, sicker full-term babies in the NICU may be treated for a variety of conditions, including anemia, jaundice, seizures, low blood sugar, brain bleeds, heart problems, or breathing difficulties.

Being completed this month, the new NICU features fifteen Level III nursery beds, including two isolation rooms and one private room, and ten continuing care nursery beds, with two being private rooms. The unit is a controlled access department designed to ensure the safety and privacy of newborn patients and their families.

The expansion also includes two private sleep rooms for parents featuring comfortable accommodations, modern décor and flat screen televisions with “on-demand” features such as premium movies, information on hospital services and limited Internet access.

A dedicated pharmacy is located within the NICU and advanced respiratory care - including high frequency ventilation - is readily available.

  Members of the NICU nursing staff provided tours of the new unit during the Level III NICU Grand Opening.

“We are very proud to be able to care for the advanced health care needs of neonatal patients,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Our maternity care services have been recognized year after year for clinical excellence, and the expansion of the NICU will allow us to continue to provide quality care to meet the growing health care needs of the northwest Houston community.”

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital received the 2008/2009 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ and is the only hospital in northwest Houston to receive a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care five years in a row by HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company.

For more information on the maternity services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 1-800-681-2733 or visit