Baptist Medical Center South holds 5th Birthday Celebration of Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
October 17, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Florida, Oct. 16, 2014 – When Amee Bailey received an invitation to the 5th Birthday Celebration of Baptist South’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she didn’t hesitate to send in her response. Just looking at her two adorable children reminds her of the important role Baptist South’s NICU played in her family’s lives. Both of Amee’s children—Rowen, now 5, and Lilia, 1—were born prematurely and received much-needed medical care at Baptist South’s NICU.
To honor the babies and families treated at Baptist South’s NICU, the hospital is hosting a 5th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 – 11:30 am at the Oasis Garden on its campus. Cupcakes, T-shirt painting, the Kids Care Ambulance, and Wolfie, the mascot of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, will be part of the celebration.
Since Baptist South opened its Level II NICU in 2009 with 14 beds, the unit has cared for approximately 1,500 infants. As a Level II NICU, Baptist South is able to provide advanced medical treatment for moderately ill newborns with problems that are expected to resolve rapidly and who would not be anticipated to need subspecialty services on an urgent basis. Babies requiring ventilation, surgery or who have other, more critical needs are transferred to Wolfson Children's Hospital's Level III NICU.
Amee’s son Rowen was born 10 weeks early and weighed just 3 lbs. 5 oz. Like many premature infants, he had bradycardia, a condition in which the infant has a slower than normal heart rhythm. Because of this condition, when it was time for Rowen to go home, he needed to wear an infant heart monitor. Amee was thankful for Baptist South’s “rooming in” program, which allows parents to spend the night in the NICU for a trial run to prepare for the days ahead with monitors or medication.
“The nurses really took their time to show me exactly how to use the heart monitor so I would feel confident on my own with my baby,” Amee said. “The nurses were calming and nurturing, which made the transition to home much smoother.”
When Amee had her daughter, Lilia, three years later at six weeks early, she was relieved to see so many familiar faces among the staff at the Baptist South’s NICU. “It’s very difficult to have to leave your baby in the intensive care unit, but the nurses were really invested in Lilia’s progress. They were as excited about her milestones as I was.”
Both Rowen and Lilia are happy and thriving and have had normal healthy development. “I am thankful to Baptist and Wolfson not only for the medical care, but for the warm and caring attitudes we received from the entire NICU health care team.”