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2017 Fund-a-Need

UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Babies born prematurely can weigh under a pound at birth.

They are fragile. They can experience respiratory distress and lose body heat rapidly. They are at risk for anemia and jaundice, as well as gastrointestinal and heart problems. Their underdeveloped immune systems put them at risk for infection. For some, life can be tenuous.

Full-term babies may also have complications that are life-threatening. They may have trouble breathing or be diagnosed with birth defects. They may have critical medical conditions resulting from illness or difficult deliveries.

These babies need expert care, informed by the latest research, in an innovative, internationally recognized neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with the best technology available.

These babies, and their families, need the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center NICU.

Donations made at the 9th Annual Winter Ball exceeded $250,000 and were matched by anonymous donors, ensuring that babies in our NICU get every chance to become strong, healthy children.

The UMass Memorial NICU provides our littlest patients with the right care, at the right time, right here at home—and they’ve been doing it for more than 40 years. It is the only Level III NICU for high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care in our region, and is known nationally for its family-centered care philosophy. With help from Winter Ball supporters, its impact on the smallest and most fragile among us will be even greater.