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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital Receives Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley

Funding will go toward the purchase of a specialized incubator

Dayton, Ohio (January 26, 2011) - Families of children undergoing care at Miami Valley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have received another generous gift from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region. Coordinated through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation, the $25,000 grant will go toward the purchase of an Omnibed, a specialized incubator used on the unit.

The Omnibed is a state-of-the-art incubator that provides monitored heat and humidity, in-bed scales and mattresses that rotate 360 degrees so that the baby does not have to be removed for treatment. The Omnibed is part of an overall strategy in the NICU to encourage development by protecting tiny babies from outside stimuli.

Designed with baby and family comfort and staff convenience in mind, Miami Valley Hospital unveiled its newly renovated NICU in May of 2009. Located on two floors of the Berry Women’s Center, the unit fosters family-centered care through its 60 private rooms. Miami Valley is the only hospital in the area with an in-house Level III nursery steps away from labor and delivery. Mothers and babies can be near each other at any time. Level III designation means that the unit cares for the most critically ill and fragile newborns.

In December 2008, the NICU was awarded a $25,000 grant to purchase rocker/recliners known as “skin to skin” chairs. The specially-designed recliners allow family members to hold infants comfortably for long periods of time. The overall goal is to ensure that parents and caregivers remain close to their infant(s) to promote critical bonding that contributes to overall development. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region is committed to improving the lives of our region’s children. This is achieved by operating the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton and the RMHC Community Grant Program. Established in memory of McDonald’s founder Ray A Kroc, the RMHC Community Grant Program awards grants to not-for-profit, tax exempt “charitable organizations,” with current 501 (c) (3). RMHC Community Grants are funded primarily through a portion of in-store donation boxes at participating local McDonald’s restaurants, and in the form of matching grants from RMHC Global. Ronald McDonald House Charities has awarded more than $2 million to other children’s organizations throughout the Miami Valley Region and Wayne County, Indiana.