Northside Hospital, in collaboration with the Miracle Babies Organization, has created a new program to raise financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). An inaugural “Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital” fundraising event will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 6-9 p.m., at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd in Atlanta.
As the undisputed leader in maternity services, Northside Hospital in Atlanta delivers more babies than any other single hospital in the country. In the hospital’s Level III NICU, as many as 100 premature and special-needs babies are cared for at one time, with more than 2,000 annually. Many families spend days, weeks or even months in the unit and are not able to handle extra needs and expenses not covered by insurance. Unplanned time-off from work and increased travel to and from the hospital are a new reality for them. Out-of-town families may need lodging and basic living supplies.
“We continue to receive more and more referrals for patients, from throughout Georgia and the southeast, who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and, subsequently, will require the services of the NICU,” said Larry Matsumoto, M.D., maternal-fetal medicine, Northside’s Center for Perinatal Medicine.
“While our NICU accepts donations for gas cards, phone cards, transportation, preemie clothing and other baby supplies, we cannot come close to meeting the immense needs of these families,” said Melissa Sisson, director of women’s services, Northside Hospital.
Patterned after the San Diego non-profit organization Miracle Babies, the mission of Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital is to provide this crucial support to families with newborns in the NICU.
The first annual Miracle Babies Wine & Chocolate Reception, Nov. 2, hosted by Northside Hospital and Atlanta Perinatal Consultants, will include an evening of jazz music, a silent auction, fine art by local artists, and a unique tasting event, featuring decadent chocolates, artisan wines, scotch and delectable hors d-oeuvres. San Diego Miracle Babies Founder Dr. Sean Daneshmand will be among the special guests in attendance. The cost to attend is $35 per guest. Business or cocktail dress is requested.
“All funds raised from this event will go exclusively to the Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital Fund to support the unique medical and emotional needs of infants and families right here in our metro Atlanta hospitals,” said Sisson.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Patricia Daniel in the Northside Hospital Foundation at 404-851-6285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.