Hundreds of graduates from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, along with their families, friends, supporters, doctors and nurses gathered at SeaWorld® Orlando for the Second Annual Walk For Winnie presented by Panera Bread® on Saturday, September 17. The fundraising walk raised more $220,000 and counting for the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital.
The graduates are some of the more than 40,000 babies that have received care in the NICU since it was founded in 1975 at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Every day, our skilled physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists provide the highest level of lifesaving care for critically ill newborns, with one ultimate goal in mind: to help these babies thrive, to help them beat the odds.
“I believe that taking care of premature babies is probably one of the most rewarding fields in medicine”, says Dr. Gregor Alexander. “It’s exciting to see our former patients, their families, the community and our partner organizations come together to celebrate these miracle babies. Throughout the last 30 years, the tremendous knowledge that we have achieved in medical technology has allowed us to save more than 90% of the babies we care for in the NICU.”
Because of your generous support and the support of the participants at Walk for Winnie, the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital is able to provide care for more than 1,600 premature and critically-ill babies each year. It is the largest single-site NICU in the world and one of the busiest in the country. It is equipped to provide the highest-level of care for high-risk newborns, including babies born prematurely or with congenital heart disease, infections, and various other conditions. It consistently provides the best outcomes in Florida for low birth-weight babies.