BENEFITING: Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital of South Bend Inc
An innovation in the care of premature infants and their mothers, the NICU Couplet Care Rooms will permit post-partum mothers to "room in" with their babies. This promotes early skin-to-skin between mother and child, which is critical to the infant's brain development and general health. There is an unfortunate economic truth about pediatric health care. It rarely pays for itself. In Indiana, 70 percent of our children are born under Medicaid, and more than two-thirds of the kids who come to Memorial Children's are from families who are financially challenged. This presents us with a solemn responsibility. We will not turn these families away, even though we know that the cost of providing care will almost surely be higher than what Medicaid will cover.