During Caitlin’s 130 days in the NICU, we spent a lot our time at the hospital. We didn’t have any other children then – Caitlin was our first – but our parents visited often, too. While most of our time there was with Caitlin in her room, we lamented the lack of a bright, fresh, clean room for families to unwind, have a meal or just decompress. Also lacking was a place where NICU parents and siblings could connect with work or school, or even other friends and family while at the hospital.
Seeing that need – and with the generous support of our donors – we partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation on a $150,000 capital project to expand and modernize the NICU Family Lounge at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. We worked closely with professionals on the design and layout of the room.
In 2013, we had the incredible honor of cutting the ribbon on a new room dedicated to and named after Caitlin that is connected to the NICU. It includes a comfortable, spacious lounge for parents and siblings to spend time when visiting their new addition in the NICU, as well as a brand new computer room for parents and siblings to stay connected to work and school responsibilities while never being far away from their son, daughter, brother or sister.
We’re proud to say our efforts have helped the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital earn recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best Children Hospitals for Neonatology.