Middletown, NY – In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day, Hailey’s Hope Foundation (HHF) dedicated its first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Resource Room at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center on November 18, 2014. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held as hospital board members, staff, volunteers, community members and hospital donors took part in the celebration with HHF. Orange Regional honored HHF for its support in helping their NICU families and babies. Over the past 2 years, HHF has provided more than $40,000 in funding, including the renovation and design of the new Family Resource Room now used by parents with babies hospitalized within Orange Regional’s NICU. Hailey’s Hope Foundation is a local non-profit organization that supports families with premature and critically ill babies who are hospitalized in New York-area NICUs.
“Life in the NICU is stressful and takes a huge toll on families. As a former NICU mom of four premature babies, I know how important it is to have a quiet, special place to unwind, recharge and regroup,” said Donna Zion, Vice President of HHF. “With this space available, we hope parents will visit more frequently and for longer periods of time because it can significantly benefit their NICU baby’s health and development.”
Orange Regional’s new NICU Family Resource Room is located on the 6th floor just steps away from the NICU. It is a private, comfortable and relaxing environment for parents of NICU babies to retreat to while actively participating in their infant’s growth and development in the NICU. The Family Resource Room is equipped with comfortable seating, a desk and computer with internet access for checking emails or researching topics related to their baby’s health. Personal lockers, a flat screen television, free WiFi, a collection of magazines and books for siblings, as well as informational and educational resources for NICU families are also available. Families can also have a meal in private or connect with other NICU families utilizing the room. This new Resource Room will benefit the families of many babies who are cared for by Orange Regional’s NICU every year.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Hailey’s Hope Foundation support our NICU services and families of NICU patients. The new NICU Family Resource Room will benefit parents who are in need of privacy and comfort during their newborn’s stay with us,” said Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis. “We greatly appreciated the attention that Hailey’s Hope Foundation has paid to the needs of our tiniest patients and their loved ones.”
For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center and NICU services visit www.ormc.org/Maternity. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.