The Newborn Intensive Care Unit at University of Utah Hospital cares for the largest percentage of extremely low birth weight and premature babies in Utah. Advances in care have resulted in significant improvement in survival rates. One thing that hasn’t changed is the traumatic stress that having a baby in the NICU places on a family.
Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of these families by improving the space they have in the hospital to share stories and experiences with each other, celebrate progress, and support each other during setbacks.
New space on the unit funded by the #50Forward campaign will help fund the renovation of space to provide families with these supports:
- Resource library
- Computers and internet access
- Dedicated relaxation space
- Space for parent education and family training
- Place to store personal items and prepare and eat meals while in the hospital
It will also allow for interaction between families—something that can be a good source of peer support and an opportunity to be part of a shared community.
Fact: In 2014, the University Hospital NICU cared for 652 babies from 602 families from across the Intermountain West.