Our Tiniest Patients Get A New Home

Early on the morning of April 11, fifteen families in the open-bay Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were moved into new, private rooms in NICU North. Thanks to the support of donors like you, families are now able to stay with their babies in this 100 per cent donor-funded unit.

Sullivan and his twin brother Duncan were born 12 weeks early and admitted to the old NICU, where they remained together for 10 weeks. Their parents Lori and Thomas from Clyde River, PEI, had to stay in hotel rooms because there was no space for them to stay with their sons.

After 71 days of treatment, Duncan was ready to go home, while his brother Sullivan remained in hospital. For Lori and Thomas, that meant they not only had to leave Sullivan each night, but had to find a place to stay with Duncan.

That all changed when Sullivan moved into NICU North. Now, the brothers and their parents are able to share a room. “It is a great feeling to know we are going to be together as a family,” Lori says. ”We get to stay the night with Sullivan and have Duncan here too.”

It is a great feeling to know we are going to be together as a family.” ~ Lori, mom to twins Sullivan and Duncan

Dr. David Simpson, neonatologist and the medical director of NICU, is enthusiastic about how this new donor-funded unit will impact families. “NICU North allows us to facilitate families being together with their babies, and really provide the best healing environment,” says Dr. Simpson.

Both the White family and Dr. Simpson are grateful for the donors who made NICU North possible. “It’s pretty amazing how something like this can be developed from donor support, like yours,” says Lori.

Dr. Simpson echoes that sentiment, “Donors should feel proud of what they’ve built. From the entire NICU team – a sincere thank you.”

A peek at NICU North

  • Nineteen single rooms allow for families to stay together day and night.
  • Noise control and adjustable lighting allow enhanced patient comfort.
  • State-of-the-art, private rooms allow confidentiality and privacy for more skin-to-skin contact, enhancing brain development and decreasing infection rates.



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