Osceola Regional Medical Center has opened an 18-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - offering the highest level of neonatal care for babies, including those born as young as 24 weeks. The hospital is the only medical facility to offer this level of care for children in Osceola County.

Osceola Regional transformed its existing 10-bed Level II NICU into a Level III unit, adding eight beds for a new total of 404 beds hospital-wide. The NICU is staffed by Nemours Children's Health System physicians, who also staff the nursery. Osceola Regional also offers a Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists for high-risk pregnancies.

The Level III NICU addition is part of the hospital's multi-phase, $50 million expansion in a continued effort to meet the healthcare needs of the community.

"We're proud to provide much-needed access to specialty care for our youngest patients," said Davide M. Carbone, Chief Executive Officer of Osceola Regional Medical Center. "We hope that having more options close to home will bring peace of mind to families during a challenging time."