SAN ANTONIO — Mercy Hospital, a Houston hospital, announced Monday it will open a nursing home exclusively for newborn babies and young children.

The facility will open on the fourth floor of a new building in the Houston suburb of Houston Heights.

The new facility will be home to nearly 30 newborns and their families, with some in the care of Mercy Hospitals in Houston Heights’ Medical Center.

Mercy officials said the facility will serve those children in need of special care.

“We’re really excited about this because it will allow us to focus on a very special baby group, especially with so many young children at the hospital,” Mercy Chief Medical Officer John Ruggiero said.

“When we opened our nursery, it was the number one place for the most babies born in our hospital,” Rugglero said, noting that the nursing home will accommodate more than 3,000 newborns.

The new nursing facility will house the newborns of some of the hospital’s other patients.

“The babies here at Mercy have some unique challenges, and we wanted to provide them with a little bit of the comfort and care they need to grow up safely and thrive,” Mercy spokesman Jeff DeSantis said.

Mercy officials said it will take up to 10 weeks for the new facility to open.