Most expectant mothers anticipate carrying a healthy baby to full term. However, all too often pregnancy ends with delivery of a premature or critically ill infant. It is during times like these that the availability of an internationally recognized, expert neonatal intensive care unit can mean the difference between healthy survival, long term disability, or death.
Project: New Born supports The Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Complex. Funds are raised for research and equipment, subsidizing salaries of key personnel and supporting advocacy programs pertaining to the well being of premature and high risk infants.
Project: New Born started in 1973 with seven tiny preemies in a hospital room on the second floor of Jackson Memorial with rudimentary incubators and poorly adapted adult ventilators. At that time a 1 lb. preemie had less than a 5% chance of survival, whereas today the same infant has better than an 80% chance of survival and our Preemie Unit has grown to 175 tiny neonates.
OVER THE PAST 40+ YEARS-
- we built a Special Care Referral Unit for critical treatment and high risk pediatric surgery.
- we endowed a Distinguished Chair in Neonatology at University of Miami in honor of our director, Dr. Eduardo Bancalari.
- we established a “Parenting Your Preemie” program.
- we renovated NICU A and B and are continuing to improve our state-of-the-art facilities.
- we remain at the cutting edge in research.