Women’s Board Announces New Funding Target

We are pleased to announce our new funding target the Wolfson Childrens Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Wolfson Children’s Hospital Has a long history of providing the most essential services  to the children of our to the children of our region.  In 1972, Richard and Ray Martin lost a premature twin daughter, Abbie. At that time, Wolfson Children’s Hospital did not have the equipment necessary to support one premature infant, let alone two. Surviving twin Annie had to be transported in the back of her parents’ station wagon in an incubator to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she stayed for almost five months.  Rather than place blame or hide from this overwhelming tragedy, Abbie’s family faced it head on. Ray’s mother, Ellen Cavert, worked with the late pediatrician Dr. J. W. Hayes to find a way to bring visibility to Wolfson Children’s Hospital and raise funds to strengthen it. The result was The Women’s Board, which would become a powerhouse in Jacksonville philanthropy.

In our desire to assure that the children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital  continues to provide the best neonatal services and technologies available, the current funding target of The Women’s Board is the Neonatal Intensice Care UnitYou can help! Make an online gift.

More  than  13,000  babies are born in Duval County each  year.  More  than ten percent of those newborns will require critical care in their  first moments of life, and many will require a Neonatal Intensive  Care  Unit  (NICU) specially  designed to meet their medical needs. The responsibility for giving thousands  of our region’s babies a fighting chance for a healthy life rests on Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the area’s premier children’s health system, which is home to the largest and highest intesnsity NICU in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

For decades, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has risen to the challenge. Their team of skilled medical  professionals offer highly specialized care for babies born early, who have low birth weight, or who have a medical condition  that requires  surgery  or another  type of special care. While the neonatal services at Wolfson Children’s Hospital are the best in the area, there is still an opportunity to improve the facilities and care offered to our tiniest patients and their families.

Over the next three years, Wolfson Children’s  Hospital  will  undertake a campaign to build a new and improved NICU. The newly renovated NICU will feature:

            • Suites designed with comfort and privacy for families in mind, while still maintaining  visibility and easy access for NICU staff
            • Modified lighting and soundproofing to reduce stress on newborns
            • Critically important medical equipment designed to provide the highest standard of care
            • Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael Aubin describes his vision for the new NICU: “The demand for outstanding neonatal care increases every day. As a regional care center, it is our responsibility to meet that demand.In order to do that, we must build  a new  facility. As the needs of infants continue to grow and evolve, so must our technology and the facilities that house them. Our new NICU will be an investment in our community’s children.”Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael Aubin describes his vision for the new NICU: “The demand for outstanding neonatal care increases every day. As a regional care center, it is our responsibility to meet that demand.In order to do that, we must build  a new  facility. As the needs of infants continue to grow and evolve, so must our technology and the facilities that house them. Our new NICU will be an investment in our community’s children.”

           

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