August 24, 2015
Photo: Ramona Reid, daughter Bethany Reid and Neonatal nurse Kathy Holifield reunite after 19 years at Kingwood Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Kingwood, TX, August 24, 2015— Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse Kathy Holifield has worked in the NICU at Kingwood Medical Center for 22 years. She has been a witness to the tremendous growth and expansion of The Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center and she loves taking care of the hospital’s tiniest patients. Nurse Kathy also enjoys mentoring the summer junior volunteers working in the NICU. However, this summer was particularly special because she discovered one of her student volunteers graduated from Kingwood Medical Center’s NICU 19 years ago and was her former patient.
Bethany Reid, a sophomore at Texas A&M University, has always wanted to work in a hospital emergency room ever since she was little. This summer, she enrolled in the junior volunteer program at Kingwood Medical Center to gain experience and insight on working as a nurse because she is applying for nursing school. Bethany is a graduate from Kingwood Park High School, where she excelled as a long distance swimmer and became a regional champion. She began swimming when she was 9 years old and said, “Swimming was a struggle and a challenge because I had asthma, but it is also one of my greatest accomplishments. I love being part of a team.”
Bethany is also passionate about caring for people and she has enjoyed connecting with families in the NICU and observing the nurses. She said, “The most exciting experience in the NICU happened when I witnessed Nurse Kathy insert an IV in a baby’s head. When I saw this happen, I began to wonder if the tiny indention on my forehead was from an IV being inserted into my head when I was a baby in the NICU. I later discovered that an IV had been inserted in my forehead when I was a baby in the NICU and Nurse Kathy was most likely the one who inserted it.” Bethany was born at Kingwood Medical Center in 1996 and was admitted into the NICU for two and a half weeks when she was born.
NICU Nurse Kathy Holifield explained, “Baby’s veins are very fragile and sometimes a baby may require an IV to be placed in a vein on the forehead. The veins on the forehead are often the easiest to see as the skin on the scalp is thin. Although an IV in the head looks a little scary, it doesn't harm the brain. It also allows the baby to move his arms and legs around without being restricted by an IV.”
Bethay’s mother Ramona Reid remembers going into labor at 34 weeks when her water broke at home and being admitted into Kingwood Medical Center. On July 6, 1996 her daughter Bethany was born, weighing 5lbs and 1oz at birth. Bethany was admitted into the NICU for two and a half weeks for treatment of a severe infection, where she received an IV in her forehead and antibiotics.
Bethany Reid’s volunteer experience has been very rewarding. She said, “I have truly enjoyed sharing my story and visiting with some of the families in the NICU. I hope that I helped ease some of their anxiety about having a baby in the NICU.” Bethany added, “Volunteering in the NICU at Kingwood Medical Center has reinforced my desire to be a nurse and perhaps someday I may return to work here.”
For more information about the Adult and Junior Volunteer programs at Kingwood Medical Center, please visit our website www.KingwoodMedical.com. For a physician referral, please call 1-800-258-5064.
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For more information, contact Cristina Lafuente at Cristina.Lafuente@HCAhealthcare.com or 281-348-8988.
About Kingwood Medical Center
22999 U.S. Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339
Kingwood Medical Center opened in 1991, and is home to the area’s premier comprehensive cardiac care program and neuroscience program. With the recent addition of the Pediatric Emergency Center, the hospital has expanded that level of high-quality care to include their youngest patients. Located at the intersection of Highway 59 and Kingwood Drive and serving Harris, Montgomery, Liberty and San Jacinto Counties, Kingwood Medical Center offers 373 licensed beds, including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 475 board-certified physicians, Kingwood Medical Center offers expertise and an outstanding level of care in breast health, imaging, gynecology, obstetrics, high-risk pregnancy, pediatrics, orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation, urology, wound care, 24/7 emergency services, surgical services and minimally-invasive surgery. Kingwood Medical Center is recognized by the state of Texas as a Primary Stroke Center, is Joint Commission Accredited for Disease Specific Certification in Stroke, has an Accredited Sleep Disorder Center, an Accredited Diabetes Center, and an Accredited Chest Pain Assessment Center with PCI Cycle IV. Our commitment to excellence has produced the following awards: American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Stroke Honor Roll, the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Texas Ten Step Program Designation for Maternity care Practices. For more information, visit our website at www.KingwoodMedical.com.
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 7 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.