Dell Children's Medical Center has received designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for offering the highest level of care available for Central Texas' most critically ill babies.

As the only Level IV NICU program in the region that operates in a standalone children's hospital, Dell Children's provides families and their newborns vigorous levels of care, even for babies suffering from complex conditions. Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) has a NICU program as well, and is at a Level III.

Chief of Neonatology John Loyd said, "This designation highlights our commitment to providing a full scope of medical and surgical services to newborns who need specialized care."

But what is a Level IV NICU?

It is Dell Children's multidisciplinary team of health care professions with medical and surgical care specialties here in Austin. These specialists cater to newborn needs ranging from those that are premature (born at least three weeks earlier than the due date), experience complications during birth, have birth defects, or suffer from contagious illness or drug-related problems.

Dell Children's is not the only center to have this designation. St. David's Medical Center's NICU was the first in Central Texas to earn this accolade.