New NICU Cameras Offer Window into Infant Care
Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently installed web cameras in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) above each of its 31 infant incubators. Parents can log in to a secure site from any computer or smartphone and check on their little one any time of day or night. This offers peace of mind to parents who can’t stay at the hospital 24/7 but want to be able to see their baby.
The cameras have attracted much attention from the community and media. Fox 10’s Arizona Morning interviewed mother Ashlee Minton in a segment that aired in July. In it, Minton talks about how the camera has allowed her to bond with her son, Michael, who’s spent his entire eight-month existence in the hospital, while still taking care of her 3-year-old daughter at home. Minton was also interviewed by KJZZ, Cronkite News and AZ Big Media.
The camera program was made possible by the work and generosity of Leadership Circle members. The Leadership Circle is a committed group of community leaders who donate at least $1,000 — often more — to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation each year. If you are passionate about the importance of quality healthcare for ill and injured children, please consider joining Leadership Circle or making a donation to fund projects like the camera initiative.
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