Support from Kevin VanDam Foundation Helps Bronson Children’s Hospital Strengthen Family Bonds
A new project at Bronson Children’s Hospital to provide families with a video link to their hospitalized newborns just received a big boost from professional bass fisherman Kevin VanDam. The Kevin VanDam Foundation presented the Bronson Health Foundation with a $15,000 donation to support a video camera system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The VanDam family has a special connection to the hospital, as Kevin and Sherry VanDam’s twin sons, Nicholas and Jackson, spent three months in Bronson’s NICU. Like many families, when the VanDam’s couldn’t be at their sons’ bedsides, they would call in to NICU staff to check on them. The new video camera system, called NicView, will give families a way to actually see their babies by logging in to a video camera attached to the baby’s bed. The Bronson Health Foundation plans to provide cameras for each of the 50 isolettes at the Bronson Children’s Hospital NICU and NICU Step-Down Unit.
As the only children’s hospital in southwest Michigan, families of premature and severely ill newborns come here from communities throughout a nine-county area. For many family members, a daily commute is not possible.
Dr. Robin Pierucci, who cares for babies in the NICU every day, knows what a difference the camera system will make to families. “To be able to have a camera system that looks at the baby when the family members can’t be here would be a massive gift for these parents, grandparents and siblings. They’ll be able to see the baby breathing and moving, and that would help put their minds at ease.”
Each camera costs about $3,000 for installation and upkeep. The Bronson Health Foundation is hoping to raise a total of $150,000 to purchase the cameras and have them installed in 2016.
For more information about the Bronson Health Foundation’s NICU camera fund, visit bronsonfoundation.com/nicucamera
Pictured left to right: Chris Moffat and Terry Morrow from Bronson Health Foundation, Kevin and Sherry VanDam and sons Jackson and Nicholas.