Volunteers from the JGH Auxiliary are spending a few minutes each day reading storybooks to babies in Neonatal Intensive Care. Is there any point in reading to an infant who can’t possibly understand what’s being said? Surprisingly, the answer is Yes.
A former JGH “preemie” looks forward to helping others: 24 years after being born prematurely, Angelo Rizzolo is back at the JGH as a medical student, on a career path that may lead to a specialty in pediatrics or neonatology.
Tiny, colourful knitted hats are comforting prematurely born infants and are bringing smiles to parents and families in the JGH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, thanks to a gift from employees at CLSC Benny Farm.
A photo display, known as the Wall of Hope, has been mounted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as an inspirational message that even babies who enter the world under difficult circumstances can grow into healthy childhood.
A sapling and a bench were dedicated as a place of reflection and commemoration, as JGH staff joined famly members to memorialize the perinatal losses that occurred at the hospital over the past year.
With the 80th-anniversary celebration of The Auxiliary now under way, we would like to express our deep gratitude to the many preceding generations of women whose hard work and dedication have enabled today’s Auxiliary to do so much for the patients of the JGH.
Leora Warshawsky, a “tiny miracle” who weighed only 1,080 grams (2 pounds, 6 ounces) when she was born prematurely at the JGH, returned to the hospital this past spring where she was officially thanked for performing a more-than-tiny miracle of her own.
Just weeks since it swung into operation, Pavilion K already appears to be improving the well-being of patients and the quality of their care.
As our term as Co-Presidents of The Auxiliary draws to a close, we are channeling our energy into two major fundraising initiatives: the Tiny Miracle Fund and the Mindstrong Fitness Event.