When premature babies are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) their parents want to spend as much private time with them as possible. The current NICU, however, lacks the adequate space for them to do so.
As many as six babies can be housed inside each NICU pod or room. With doctors, nurses, parents, family, visitors, deliveries and more – the NICU becomes crowded very easily.
The Milburn family experienced such close quarters when they spent more than three months there with their son Cory in 2007. Wanting to make a difference for future families, the Milburns played a large role in designing the new unit, a significant part of the future Golisano Children’s Hospital. Set for completion in 2015, the new building will come with a full-scale expansion and redesign of the NICU, providing parents with private and customizable rooms. The new NICU will be named the Gosnell Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, after Mrs. Georgia Gosnell who committed $5 million to the project.
Mrs. Gosnell’s gift is one of the largest the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s $100 million campaign has received since its public launch in October 2011. The campaign, which supports both a new children’s hospital and major enhancements to pediatric programs, is part of the URMC’s $650 million campaign and the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.
Check out this YNN story about the Milburn’s experience and the detail that went into designing the incredible new unit: http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/615863/parents-have-critical-role-in-urmc-neonatal-unit-design/.