Camera System Brings Families Closer to Babies in the NICU
Parents who have babies in Bronson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) now can see their little ones even when they can’t be at the bedside. A new video camera system allows families to check in on their babies remotely, bringing peace of mind during what can be a challenging time. Bronson is the only children’s hospital in southwest Michigan and serves families who come to the hospital from 9 surrounding counties.
“What makes this new camera system even more exceptional for our families, is that this is a gift from our entire community,” says Terry Morrow, vice president of development and community health at Bronson. “The Bronson Health Foundation reached out to individuals, groups and businesses with this idea, and many generous people stepped up to make it a reality.” Bronson is proud to be the first hospital in the state to provide NicView cameras for patient families.
Here’s how it works: Small video cameras are installed above each of the 45 isolettes in the NICU. They are on most of the day and night. Parents are given a log-in code for the camera in their baby’s room. They can share that code with siblings, grandparents and other family or friends. By simply logging on through a cellphone or computer, parents can see a live video feed of their baby’s bed.
“Sometimes babies are in the NICU for weeks or months,” says Dr. Robin Pierucci, medical director of neonatology at Bronson Children’s Hospital. “Families do their best to be at the bedside whenever they can, but it’s tough. They can’t be here around the clock. The cameras bring such comfort by allowing families to just peak in to get a look at their precious little ones throughout the day or night.”
The cameras are also great for siblings to get to know their little brother or sister or for grandparents, aunts and uncles who live out of state or even out of the country who may not get to visit.
Each of the camera units costs about $3,000 to install. Staff members are able to adjust the camera and turn it on or off while the baby is being tended to or undergoing treatment.
“It is with such gratitude that we say ‘thank you’ to all of those who saw this as an important gift for families who are in the midst of such a challenging time of having a baby in the hospital. This shows the true giving spirit of our region,” says Morrow.
For more information about the NicView cameras and ways to support Bronson Children’s Hospital through the Bronson Health Foundation, visit bronsonfoundation.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 341-8100.