BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE SOUTH SHORE HOSPITAL
EVENT DATE: Jun 28, 2014
LIAM-PALOOZA SATURDAY JUNE 28TH AT 10AM
My nephew Liam, who is now 3 years old, was born April 9 2011, not considered premature but 4-8 weeks ahead of his due date. He spent almost 3 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and had to battle through some difficult complications as a new born, until he finally left the hospital with his parents Ange and Mark on April 28 2011.
Liam received tremendous critical care with a full range of complex medical care from the incredible NICU professional staff from the level III and improved over time in order to be released with his parents April 28th.
Liam, has endured initial tough times has made an incredible recovery and is doing extremely well today. The meaning of the name Liam is strong willed warrior, which he has lived up to.
The Leahy and Pettinelli families are two great families who supported Ange and Mark during this tough time.
I personally was not around to support them and I want to take this opportunity to give back in some way. Also, we owe a great sense of gratitude to the South Shore Hospital and its world-renowned staff of professionals including doctors, nurses and the supporting cast of therapists.
With this said – many of you know I have really long hair and I want to shave it completely off for locks of love- mail the hair in to locks of love and ultimately raise funds in honor of Liam Leahy and have all proceeds raised-will go directly to South Shore Hospitals (South Weymouth, Massachusetts) NICU center to support the NICU webcam project.
The goal is to raise $1,000.00. But would love to set the goal higher. I personally need your help- your friends and families help to make a big difference in a big way.
THE PARTY- LIAM-PALOOZA
We are hosting a BBQ/pool party June 28th kicking off at 10am for Beer Olympics. With two ways to sponsor this cause, either online through this link https://www.crowdrise.com/Liam-Palozza/fundraiser/stevepettinelli or paying $10 for a lottery system in order to be one of two people to shave my head.
The lottery system will be $10 per ping-pong ball -you write your name on the ball and put it in a bucket. At 1pm I will pick out 2 winners who will have the chance to shave my head. After the head shaving, the festivities will continue. Beer and food will be provided at the house. Please have a responsible game plan to join the party and if/or when you leave.
My passion and desire for this event is to raise funds in honor of Liam and support the families and medical personnel who are directly affected by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
DETAILS-NICU WEBCAM PROJECT
South Shore Hospital NICU is the regions top choice for maternal care- to include 3,400 babies per year are born at the hospital, among the highest birth numbers in the state and also is the only community hospital in the state licensed to provide level III maternal/newborn care. The Level III NICU cares for infants with a full range of medical complications and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists.
South Shore Hospital is seeking funding to install webcams on each of their 30 NICU isolettes- ensuring families connect with their babies whether from across town, the Commonwealth, the country, or the world. This project is very much aligned with the NICU patient and care model and critical to advancing the “comforting” in the mission of “healing, caring, and comforting.” South Shore Hospital is one of the top hospitals in the city of Boston-, which is heavy on high-ranking hospitals in the world.
Of course, families are encouraged to visit and spend as much time as they wish with babies in the NICU at the South Shore Hospital. However, other family obligations take a toll, especially when some babies are in the NICU for an extended time.
For example, take Alice, a mom of a four-and-a-half year old and 20 month-old, with a husband who travels for work and a fragile baby in the NICU. Torn between obligations to her family at home and her desire to be at her baby’s bedside, she can check on him from her computer or iPhone. She and her older children could cuddle in her bed with her laptop and look at, even speak to, the newest member of their family – and Dad could interact from across the country at the same time. We have hear stories of viewing babies at mealtimes on a large screen smart TV, “keeping the baby” on a Smartphone with working in a business environment, to “checking on the baby” from across the globe where a parent is serving in the military.
South Shore Hospital would like to place webcams at the baby’s bedside while hospitalized so that parents and other family members who can’t be at the hospital can view the baby 24 hours a day.
South shore hospital is patterning with Angel Eye- a healthcare technology company, who designs solutions for 24-hour webcam access to infants. The angel eye camera system offers both short and long term benefits for the physical and emotional health of both baby and parents. The value of this system reduces parental stress and anxiety, encourages bonding, improved communication and transparency between parents and the clinical staff and ultimately leading to improved outcomes.
The NICU camera system is a turnkey solution for 24-hour webcam access to infants to include- viewing the infants, one-way audio capability to speak to infants, two-way audio capability so doctors can interact with parents during the rounding stage, and safe family access onto the web portal.
With all this said- south shore hospital relies on the community to make an innovative project like this happen.
The cost of the project is estimated to be $100,000, including cameras, audio equipment, technical support, nursing and parent education and marketing materials. Please help us to promote bonding between parents and their babies, who sometimes have to stay in the hospital for weeks or months.