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How Memorial Health System and Children’s of Mississippi work together to provide specialized care

Posted Date: August 24, 2021



Most families do not begin a pregnancy considering if they will have to admit their new bundle into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). For those special circumstances in which the tiniest patients need extra care, Memorial Health System, in partnership with Children’s of Mississippi, has the only Level III NICU in Coastal Mississippi.

This collaborative effort began in 2018 with the goal of enhancing medical care for children in the region. Children’s of Mississippi began managing the Memorial Health System NICU in January of 2018, and the NICU was recently updated with 11 semi-private rooms and 23 NICU beds.

The NICU at Memorial Health System is staffed by board certified neonatologists and has access to subspecialty care through Children's of Mississippi's extensive network to give premature babies and babies with other diseases the special care they need.

“Children’s of Mississippi’s vision is to help all children in the state reach their full potential,” said Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children’s of Mississippi. “By working together, sharing insights and discovering improvements to care, Memorial and Children’s of Mississippi can give these babies the best start possible.”

“Collaborating to offer children and families life-saving care close to home is at the heart of our mission,” said Dr. Mary Taylor, Suzan B. Thames chair, professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, home to the state’s only children’s hospital. “Medical professionals at Memorial and at Children’s of Mississippi have the same devotion to their patients and to their calling, and we are excited about this opportunity to work together.”

“You have a choice. Memorial Health System has the only Level III NICU with highly advanced care within 60 miles,” said Memorial Health System NICU Manager Wayne Laubmeier. He continues, “Families need to know that their child can receive that high level of care here at home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our NICU offers accommodations that allow for the parent to stay at the bedside of their child, providing an opportunity to observe and participate in their child’s care before they go home. Offering this level of care in our community keeps families close to home without having to choose between visitation and other life obligations due to a long commute.”

The partnership between Memorial Health System and Children’s of Mississippi provides extraordinary care to families from throughout the Gulf Coast region. Click to learn more about our Children's Health Services.