The Gift of Life Art Auction is a fundraiser to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaica.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) was first established in 1961 as a small room on the maternity ward, where basic care for babies was provided. It was subsequently relocated in 1963 to its current location as a 40 bassinet unit. That year, 33 patients were admitted to the unit. 72% of the patients admitted had respiratory distress secondary to Prematurity. The unit was managed by two house officers, a resident and a Consultant and # nurses.
The unit underwent major refurbishing in 2001, in response to the establishment of an In Vitro Fertilization program at the University Hospital of the West Indies. A 30 bed level II Newborn Special Care a nursery and six bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were established in the current footprint. The team began to manage patients with more complex issues and ventilated the first patient in August 2001.
Today, the unit admits 330-400 patients annually and boasts a staff complement of Neonatal Consultants, Neonatal Fellows( Neonatologists in training), Paediatric Residents and Nurses and Allied Health staff. It functions as a referral centre for patients from Community Hospitals in Jamaica and neighbouring islands.
In the more than 2o years since the refurbishing, there have been many success stories and modern miracles that the staff has been a part of, which should be celebrated. There is however much work still to be done to equip and position this institution as one of the state of the art quaternary referral centres for the Caribbean basin!
It is with the vision of an empowered, well equipped NICU at the UHWI which is up to global standards, and which has attained and sustained the United Nations Sustainable Development goal of a Neonatal Mortality rate < 12/1000 live births, that The Caring for Miracles Foundation has adopted the unit. We build capacity through Equipping- through the purchase of life saving equipment- , Educating and building Resilience in the Healthcare team and the families that they serve( the CEER approach).
Since adopting the unit in September 2021, when The Caring for Miracles Foundation was launched, we have with the support of our generous donors and partners:
That is quite the list! The Caring for Miracles Foundation elves have been busy. And we are likely to get even busier as we embark on supporting two projects aimed at standardizing care delivery to preterm infants- The Golden Hour- and Resilience building for parents who traverse this unit. These areas of focus were identified as priorities during strategic planning with the UHWI NICU Leadership.
It is in support of these initiatives, that this fundraising Art Auction is being held.
Your support can change the trajectory of the lives of these vulnerable patients and their families!
You can give the Gift of Life!
Yours in partnership,
The Planning Committee
The Gift of Life Art Auction
To all those who have supported this necessary initiative: the Senior Leadership University Hospital of the West Indies, our premium
partners The AC Hotels by Marriott and Sandal Resorts International, our other partners SAGICOR Foundation, The Herald Printers, the Friendly Lodge 239, Wisynco, Fontana, RMP & associates, Country Trails, the amazing artists who participated in the Gift of Life Art Auction 2022 and 2023, the families and NICU staff who so willingly share their stories, our volunteers, staff, Board members, family members and friends. Thank you!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Bank: National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd
Address: UWI MONA
Name on A/C: The Caring for Miracles Foundation Ltd.
Account: JMD/ Savings Acc # 404414186
USD/ Savings Acc # 404414208
(NB: We are working on charitable designation. Please forward receipt for donation to our email, so that we can acknowledge your gift )