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Bloom donation funds keep families connected with sick newborns

Bloom Foundation directors Tina Searcy (third from right, standing, and Amy Novakovski (second from right), along with their kids Dutch Novakovski and Charley Searcy (both of whom spent time in the Royal University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) shortly after they were born), present a cheque in the amount of $56,100 to the staff of the NICU on Wednesday, June 28

A donation of $56,100 to the Royal University Hospital (RUH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will help keep parents connected with their newborns receiving treatment at the facility.
The donation from the Bloom Foundation will be used to purchase specialized web cameras for several incubators in the 38-bed unit for gravely-ill premature and newborn babies. Parents of the newborns will be able to access live-stream images from the cameras through a privacy-protected phone app. The ‘Nicview’ cameras are designed to allow parents to monitor their babies, even when they’re not physically present at the hospital.
The NICU has already purchased ten of the Nicview cameras using funds from previous Bloom donations. The ten wireless cameras are slated to be installed in late July, and operational sometime in August, according to NICU Manager Adele Riehl. Continue reading “Bloom donation funds keep families connected with sick newborns”

Newborns given chance to ‘Bloom’ at NICU

Tina Searcy (left) and Amy Novakovski talked about their sixth annual “Bloom: An Evening of Love” fundraiser for the NICU as the room at the Travelodge filled up on May 13

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Amy Novakovski and Tina Searcy are two of those people who found themselves depending on the NICU at a critical time. Each has a small graduate of NICU who is now about five or six years old.

Gratitude is a powerful motivator and these women channeled theirs into the successful and growing fundraiser, “Bloom: an Evening of Love.” This year’s dinner was hosted by Julie Mintenko of Global News and took place May 13 at the Travelodge Hotel. It’s a gala evening with a lot going for it – Continue reading “Newborns given chance to ‘Bloom’ at NICU”