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Middle Tennessee Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit celebrates 15 years of care

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – July 1, 2013 -- The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Middle Tennessee Medical Center today celebrates 15 years of service to Rutherford County families, offering more babies care closer to home. 

MTMC cares for some of the most critically ill newborns in an intensive care setting and provides the only Level III-A neonatal intensive care in Rutherford County. Previously operating as a Level II-B, the hospital moved to a level III-A in March 2012 ultimately providing subspecialty care for patients with severe and complicated neonatal disorders, as well as those with who require normal or intermediate care. 

“We are taking the opportunity, on this anniversary, to celebrate the lives of children and families in our community,” said Brooke Sherrell, nurse manager of the NICU. “Our nurses have decades of combined experience treating premature and critically ill newborns. We look forward to serving more families in the years to come as Murfreesboro and Rutherford County grows.” 


  • NICU nurses treat nearly 300 critically ill babies a year
  • Care is provided for infants born at more than 28 weeks gestation and weighing more than 1,000 grams
  • The NICU nurse team has more than 200 combined years of experience treating fragile newborns
  • MTMC has seen a steady annual increase in babies born, critical and noncritical, with 2,179 in 2009, 2,314 in 2010, 2,613 in 2011 and 2,634 in 2012.
  • MTMC is set to break its monthly birth record this August once again. The hospital experienced a baby boom in August 2012 and delivered a previous record-breaking 275 babies during the month.
  • In April 2012, the hospital unveiled a special wall display featuring photos of some of the NICU’s tiniest patients. The display hangs in the NICU waiting room located in MTMC’s Maternal Infant Services department. 

MTMC is the leader in childbirth services for Rutherford and surrounding counties. The hospital offers comprehensive childbirth services, from helping mothers who are “at-risk” deliver their babies safely to providing a team of nurses and physicians to care for the hospital’s tiniest patients. At MTMC, a neonatologist, obstetrics physician and anesthesia coverage are in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

For more information about childbirth services at MTMC, visit

About Middle Tennessee Medical Center

Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) is a member of Saint Thomas Health, Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States For more information, visit or  


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