Cutting-edge research, technology, and care advances NICU to new levels

June 6, 2023 – The Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center became a Level IV NICU, as designated by the state of Florida. As one of only five pediatric hospitals to achieve this designation in the region, Holtz Children’s is the largest Level IV NICU in the state, with 126 patient beds.

A Level IV designation is the highest level a NICU can achieve, meaning Holtz Children’s must meet all capabilities of a Level III NICU, and be able to care for infants born earlier than 32 weeks gestation and weighing less than 1,500 grams. Other criteria includes around-the-clock medical and surgical care, life support, and advanced imaging.

“The ability to care for the most critically ill and vulnerable patients in our neonatal intensive care unit has always been one of our top priorities,” said Joanne Ruggiero, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Holtz Children’s and The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial. “We strive to continue implementing the most advanced technologies to ensure we give our little miracles the healthies start to life possible, with access to care that is as complex as they are.”

Holtz Children’s NICU is also a Gold Safe Sleep Hospital, a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and boasts some of the most successful outcomes in the country. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and support staff care for these vulnerable patients day and night. Conveniently located in the same building as the maternity unit in The Women’s Hospital, the Holtz Children’s NICU allows moms and their babies to receive the highest quality of care within close proximity of each other.

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About Jackson Health System:

Jackson Health System is one of the nation’s largest and most respected public health systems, with a mission of providing one standard of high-quality care to all residents of Miami-Dade County. The nonprofit academic medical system is anchored by Jackson Memorial Hospital, which is home to Ryder Trauma Center and the Miami Transplant Institute. The system also includes Holtz Children’s Hospital/The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial, Jackson North Medical Center, Jackson South Medical Center, Jackson West Medical Center, multiple primary care and specialty care centers, a network of UHealth Jackson Urgent Care centers, physician practices, and two long-term care nursing facilities.