Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital's Family Vision is a new high-quality video link between Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and Texas Children's Newborn Center®. The program gives parents precious moments with their child during a difficult time.
The new program allows parents at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital to visit their baby via a video monitor equipped with speakers and a camera. An identical unit with a headset is placed at the baby's side at Texas Children's as the baby's nurse updates the parents and answers questions. The service is now available to mothers hospitalized at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and to mothers who have been discharged but whose infants remain at Texas Children's. Of the nearly 2,000 babies born at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital each year, only one to two percent are expected to need advanced care at Texas Children's Newborn Center. Most stay in the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital's newly renovated Maternal/Child Unit's 16-bed Level I nursery for healthy newborns or the eight bed Level II nursery for those who require medical intervention. Babies born severely premature (before 32 weeks) or with serious medical conditions may need the advanced care available at Texas Children's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
"We're delighted to be able to add to parents' peace of mind," says Madelen Franco, RNC, Director of San Jacinto's Maternal/Child Unit. "Our smallest patients are getting the best care, either here in their own community or at one of the best children's hospitals in the country. Our care has always been patient-centered, and now we have a partner in maintaining our standards."
For more information about Family Vision or the other services offered at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital?s Maternal/Child Program, call 281-420-8812.