SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Richard S. Shineman Foundation of Oswego has awarded Crouse Health a $150,000 grant to help pay for the renovation and expansion of Crouse’s Baker regional neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Crouse Health Foundation is raising $10 million through private donations to the CrouseCares campaign to support the $31 million dollar project, Crouse Health said in a news release.
In recent years, the need for neonatal care has grown regionally and nationally due to an “increase” in the number of premature and multiple births, Crouse Health said. Even though Crouse’s NICU is the largest in the region with 57 bassinets, it needs more space to provide the “best care possible to its tiniest patients,” the release stated.
The renovation project will expand the NICU from its current size of 15,000 square feet to a total size of 24,000 square feet. The plans will incorporate “lifesaving” technological advances, while also providing more space for families to bond with infants.
Crouse’s NICU provides care to 1,000 premature and critically ill infants from a 14-county area, including Onondaga and Oswego counties.
The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation works to be a “catalyst for change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County.” The foundation says it uses its resources to “stimulate economic vitality, to encourage strong bonds that strengthen the community and to build the capacity of its nonprofit partners.
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