COLLEGE STATION, Texas— The College Station Medical Center has raised their level of care in the last few months for the tiniest of patients: the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Heather Willis said she's thankful for not only the care she received while in the hospital, but also what they taught her about caring for an at-risk newborn.

For any mom, leaving your newborn baby at the hospital would be very hard.

But imagine, leaving not one, but three behind in the hospital in the NICU.

Heather Willis delivered triplets on October 24, born almost two months early.

When she learned she was having triplets, Willis knew the babies would most likely need the care of a NICU, and wanted to stay close to home.

“From the start, my husband and I were both very pro College Station/Bryan. We looked for doctors here and everything we could do in town because it’s such a hassle to go to Houston,” said Willis.

So, Willis decided on the College Station Medical Center where they just received a new NICU Level III Designation from the State of Texas. One that exceeds the minimum hospital requirements.

“We have to have a lot of specialized equipment, and a lot of specially trained clinicians that have to have continuing education so they’re constantly learning how to take care of these little ones,” said said Sherri Welch, the Chief Operating Officer of College Station Medical Center.

According to the Welch, it’s the only one of its kind in the region.

“The closest state designated NICU is in Houston, and now families don’t have to drive to Houston and be away from their other children,” said Welch.

The College Station Medical Center NICU now has the highest level of care for the tiniest of patients.

The Willis triplets are now home after staying in the NICU for a few weeks.

Their mother is thankful for all the lessons she learned about caring for her babies before she even left the hospital.

“I had more experience by the time I left here that most moms don’t get, and I feel really lucky for that,” said Willis.

Most of all, Willis said she’s grateful to the team at the College Station Medical Center that cared for not only her, but her precious angels: Hayden, Dillon, and Lilliana.