ECU Health’s littlest patients get the care they need thanks to donations


GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – Over 3,500 “Happy Birthdays!” are welcomed to new babies at ECU Health each year, and while the goal is to send the family home as soon as possible, some infants need extra care.

In the neonatal intensive care unit at James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital, everything is available in a smaller format.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for these small patients.

“The sickest of the sick will come here because we have all the pediatric subspecialties we need to address any concerns,” said NICU medical director Dr. Ryan Moore. “We just have a higher level of capabilities.”

Premature babies and infants requiring specialized care come to the NICU for help from Dr. Moore and his staff.

Thanks to years of funding from the Children’s Miracle Network, they have the technology to make it happen.

One of the most used NICU tools are isolettes that mimic a mother’s womb.

“Having the ability to maintain their temperature is so much easier with this technology,” said NICU head nurse Allyson Yelverton. “We have the possibility of weaning them from a stay in isolette, all computerized thanks to this program.”

Nearby is another gadget courtesy of CMN donations: an NIC-View camera that gives parents a continuous live feed of their new additions.

“They’re really awesome,” said Lyndsey Odom, a nurse on the floor. “I can’t imagine coming back without them and having parents who live 45 minutes away or an hour or more and not being able to see their babies while they’re at work. I can’t imagine going back to that.

Parents take note of these improvements. Some travel from other counties specifically for these technologies.

With more patients comes the need to expand, and this is fueled by donors.

“They can help build new spaces so we can support even more babies than we do now,” Dr Moore explained. “It directly impacts the children’s hospital and the community.”

When these babies get all the help they need from the isolettes, they go where they belong: home.

“It’s so great to see them from where they start to where they end,” Dr. Moore said. “They go through so much, some of these babies, but when they come home it’s just amazing to look back on history and see what they’ve accomplished.”

Upon exiting the NICU gates, each child receives a parting gift from the Children’s Miracle Network.

Charming silver chains hang around their necks, each symbolizing the milestones they’ve conquered and the village that brought them there.

You can help more babies celebrate their birthdays at Maynard Children’s Hospital! Just click here to learn more about how you can help.

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