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Halifax Health Advances to Level III Neonatal ICU

Halifax Health Medical Center has advanced to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The 678-bed community hospital system is the first and only healthcare provider in Volusia and Flagler counties to achieve this designation which means the hospital is equipped to care for premature babies born earlier than 28 weeks and smaller than 1,000 grams.

“Halifax Health is proud to provide this specialized, advanced level of care to our community.  Our Level III NICU team of highly-skilled physicians, nurses and specialists, have immediate access to the latest advanced technology to care for premature babies born earlier than 28 weeks and smaller than two pounds, or 1,000 grams, as well as full-term babies who need more focused care,” explains Tonja Williams, interim chief nursing officer for Halifax Health.  She adds, “Now babies born in our area who require this level of care do not have to leave the area to receive it.  They can remain close to home and those who love them most.”

Halifax Health Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal ICU team includes board-certified neonatologists on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week; neonatal nurses specially trained to care for sick and premature infants; day and night shift nurses; a respiratory therapist; lactation nurses who can assist with breastfeeding; and a case manager and social worker who can assist with discharge and home care needs.

The Betty Jane France Level III Neonatal ICU at Halifax Health Medical Center was designed to provide babies with the highest quality of care.  The 14-bed Neonatal ICU features an open-concept design that allows the medical center’s experienced clinicians to care for babies utilizing a team approach.  Amenities include a certified infant massage specialist, an isolation room, state-of-the-art flooring and lighting, and a breast milk storage area.

Opened in April 1975 and located in the Center for Women and Infant Health at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, the Neonatal ICU provides unique services for approximately 200 newborns each year who require intensive care due to prematurity or illness diagnosed around the time of delivery.  To learn more about the Betty Jane France Level III Neonatal ICU at Halifax Health, visit