Premature births account for one in every eight births in the United States with each baby spending an average of 14 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). On average, it costs $3,500 per baby per day to care for these precious little ones.
Good Shepherd Medical Center’s (GSMC) NICU is a stage III unit, the highest level of specialty in caring for premature infants. With the high costs of intensive care, and specialized equipment that are necessary to care for each baby, they are constantly in need of extra support.
Dr. Briscoe's first daughter, Addison, was born at 27 weeks gestation, weighing in a 1 pound 11 ounces. Addison was a patient in the NICU for 80 days! Having personally experienced GSMC’s NICU, Dr. Briscoe’s family knows what a tremendous facility it is and how important it is to help the unit and staff to continue to grow and advance.
The KAJ Foundation hopes to make this possible. With help from you and others, you can help us save more premature babies. Our hope is to make Good Shepherd Medical Center’s NICU the most advanced unit in the region for the 350 premature babies that are born at Good Shepherd each year.