UT Health Marks Prematurity Awareness Month | New

As a thank you to UT Health Tyler’s Family Birthplace and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit teams, and to raise awareness during National Prematurity Awareness Month, Millennium Neonatology is partnering with District Counselor 3 from Tyler, Shirley McKellar, to provide a free hamburger lunch to UT Health Tyler staff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in the parking lot of the UT Health Tyler Pavilion.

UT Health Tyler’s NICU has treated more than 100 infants since opening earlier this year, ahead of projections.

“I think it’s because of the great need for services here,” said NICU director Marcie Tunstall. “The NICU has provided increased access to care for our families here in East Texas and we are able to keep them here locally so they don’t have to travel long distances.”

About one in 10 babies is born prematurely, and immediate access to a NICU can provide them with the life-saving care they need. Millennium Neonatology provides board-certified neonatologists and other specialists who work with UT Health Tyler to provide compassionate, family-centered care using evidence-based principles, with ongoing health assurance and improvement. quality.

“While one in 10 babies are born prematurely, even babies born on time can have unexpected problems requiring them to go to the NICU for specialist care. Newborns can face a myriad of issues and are often the most fragile and sickest patients in the hospital,” said Dr. Snehal Doshi, CEO of Millennium Medical Group. “It takes a whole village to raise a child, and it’s certainly true to take care of them when they’re sick too. It took the support of all departments in the hospital to help provide care for the first 100 babies, and we would like to thank each and every one of them.

District 3 Councilwoman Shirley McKellar’s restaurant, Taste of North in Light, will provide food for the event. McKellar said prematurity awareness and the fact that UT Health East Texas has resources to treat premature babies is important to highlight, especially during National Prematurity Awareness Month.

McKellar recalled a dear friend whose grandchild was transferred to a neonatal unit in Fort Worth, which left the family shuttling for two months until the baby could return home.

“Now we don’t have to do that anymore, we can take care of our babies here and it’s not a hardship for our families,” she said.


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