The Jonesboro Junior Auxiliary recently presented a gift to the St. Bernards Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help make big differences in little lives.
The St. Bernards NICU, the only such facility in eastern Arkansas, is a 12-bed unit where premature and sick babies receive specialized care from a team led by neonatologists Drs. Douglas Seglem and Samuel Burns. Plans call for an expansion of the NICU.
Opened in 2012, the unit has served 1,300 families in the region, allowing families to say close to home while their babies receive specialized care.
“This gift from the Junior Auxiliary will be used not only to care for premature and sick babies, but also to ease the burdens placed on families by allowing them to have their infants cared for close to home,” says Brenda Million, vice president of women’s and children’s services.
“No one expects to need a NICU, but roughly 78 out of every 1,000 babies require some form of intensive care.
“Because of gifts such as the one from Junior Auxiliary, St. Bernards is able to keep these babies close to home. The 12-bed unit soon will be expanded to16 beds with the addition of a special care nursery,” Million says.
“We appreciate the generosity of JA in helping us make a big difference in little lives.”