Director of L&D and OB
Director of NICU and Pediatrics
We are the area’s provider of choice for Women’s and Children’s Services. We have the privilege of delivering an average of 200 babies per month. Our Women’s & Children’s Center includes:
- 21-bed Mother/Baby Unit
- 10-bed Level ll NICU
- 21-bed Pediatric Specialty Unit
- 10-bed LDR with two operating rooms
- Two recovery rooms
- Three triage beds
Philosophy & Goal: We focus on the shared decision making model where staff have accountability and ownership of nursing quality, practice and development. My goal as Director is to empower staff to make decisions about these areas through unit-based councils. We enable this through a strong administrative commitment to growing this service line while other providers are closing it or keeping it status quo. We also offer the opportunity to be directly involved in the beginning of a complete redesign to make this the place of choice to work. Patient safety is our number one focus and we adhere to the AWHONN staffing guidelines.
Mission: Above all else, we are committed to serving the families in our community. Beginning at birth and continuing throughout their life span, we commit to provide high quality care, educations and support.
Vision: Gulf Coast Medical Center’s Women’s Centers’ vision is to be your healthcare partner for life.
Our style: Patient care that is family centered. We not only educate our patients but their families as well.
My management style: Participation, shared decision making model. I empower my staff and expect them to use their model to provide patient care.
All Women’s & Children’s Units
New hires: Can expect experienced preceptors, streamlined orientation, and teamwork. Also up to 10 weeks orientation depending on pre-existing skill level, including well-baby assessment & management, lactation services & cross-training.
Our team: We have a very close working environment that is founded on teamwork, as well as trust and dependability. We focus on customer service, problem solving and accountability. We are a true "work family." We feel this is our home away from home! We are very proud of our family centered care approach and our superior customer service.
Choose our Women’s & Children’s Area because: We have a management style that is customer-focused and with that focus we are making this the premier hospital to deliver and would like for anyone who is about making change for the positive to come and join our team.
Women’s & Children’s Services
Manager: Tamika Williams
Common treatments/types of patients: Mother/Baby couplet care, Low Risk Antepartum, GYN.
Special treatments: High risk, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Postpartum Mag, PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension).
Special services: Lactation Consultant; Discharge Program; Breastfeeding Classes; Sibling Classes.
Bragging rights: We are the communities’ choice for childbirth and our nursing staff receives lots of kudos from our patients and families that we serve.
Manager: Jana Crosby
Common treatments/types of patients: The typical general pediatrics cases such as Rota Virus, RSV, Post-op T/A, Abscess.
Special type of patients: Most of the high risk patients are stabilized and transferred to a higher level of care hospital.
Bragging rights: Our pediatric unit has grown and renovations are now complete.
Labor & Delivery
Manager: Tamika Williams
Common treatments/types of patients: Laboring mothers, Antepartum patients, NST.
Special type of patients: High risk patients, Diabetes Insulin Drips, Magnesium Sulfate Drips, Abruptions.
Special services: Prenatal classes, Lamaze classes.
Bragging rights: This is the place you want to come to have your baby!!
NICU (Level II)
Manager: Jana Crosby
Common treatments: Newborn transition & stabilization, care of infants over weight of 1000 grams, care of Respiratory Distress, Sepsis, and Low birth weight infants.
Special equipment: Resuscitation equipment, Giraffe Omnibed Isolettes, developmental care and positioning aids, state of the art ventilators.
Special services: 24 hour Neonatologist coverage, specialized neonatal physical therapist, 24 hour specialized respiratory care coverage. We provide Maternal Fetal Medicine for high risk pregnancies, a larger and more comprehensive NICU, a more comprehensive multi-department/multidisciplinary approach to how we provide women’s care and pediatric.
We understand that having a baby in the NICU is one of the most stressful events a family can experience. We are guided by the following beliefs:
- The family is the center of an infant’s life.
- Infants & families have the right to privacy & confidentiality.
- Families & healthcare professionals work together as a team to provide individualized care to achieve the best outcome for each infant.