Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Centennial’s maternal facilities have received Level III designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Baylor Scott & White-Centennial is the first hospital in Frisco to receive this official designation from the state of Texas.

A Level III maternal care designation is the second-highest level of maternal care and reflects the hospital’s ability to provide optimal healing and treatment for critically pregnant and postpartum patients. In order to receive the designation, the hospital went through a “meticulous, two-year review process,” a news release from Baylor Scott & White-Centennial stated.

“Nothing is more important to us than supporting the health and well-being of every mother and baby who comes through our doors,” said Dr. Malathi V. Ellis, medical director of maternal care at Baylor Scott & White-Centennial, in a news release. “This designation is a testament to the quality of care we provide and to our commitment to always go above and beyond to serve our patients. As a provider, I have never worked at a hospital with so much commitment to patient care and patient experience.”

To earn the Level III designation, facilities must demonstrate their ability to provide care for pregnant and postpartum patients with significant complex medical, surgical and/or obstetrical conditions that present a high risk; provide care for patients at low risk; provide access to a full range of medical and maternal subspecialists, surgical specialists and behavioral health specialists; and perform major surgery on-site, among other abilities.

Per the state website, there are 16 maternal facilities in Texas with this designation, including Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-McKinney and Medical City Plano.

Baylor Scott & White-Centennial has nine labor, delivery and recovery rooms; two operating rooms for C-section births; 14 NICU bed spaces; 20 couplet care rooms; a family center; and designated times for mothers and newborns to rest.

“It is our great honor, privilege, and responsibility to care for mothers and babies,” said Ryan Gebhart, president of Baylor Scott & White-Centennial, in the news release. “This designation is a testament of how our multi-disciplinary staff continues to live out our mission and values, never settling. Families, women, and babies across Frisco and surrounding communities have access to quality maternal care.”

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