BROWNSVILLE – Driscoll Children’s Hospital has been awarded a $100,000 collaborative grant from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to expand access care for high-risk, fragile and premature infants who are graduates of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
Driscoll’s commitment of quality care of fragile infants does not end when those children are discharged from a NICU. The grant will be implemented through Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s High Risk Follow-Up Program, which provides developmental evaluation that identifies signs that may suggest a need for early intervention.
Driscoll will provide two days per month of staff services in direct patient care onsite at the Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center – Brownsville. The clinic will provide long-term developmental monitoring for high-risk infants discharged from Driscoll Children’s Hospital neonatal nursery, or local neonatal units who meet the criteria, including former premature babies and those who experienced neonatal complications.
“We are so thankful for this grant. This gives us the opportunity to serve some of the Valley’s infants who may be at risk for developmental delays,” said Jeremy Goodman, Director of Critical Care Transport & High Risk Follow-Up Program at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
“The shared long-term goal for families and healthcare professionals is to work collaboratively toward ensuring high-risk children maximize their potential for growth and development, ensuring a healthy future,” said Goodman.
Based in Harlingen, the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation supports programs that promote healthy lifestyles and increase access to healthcare in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties.
“We are honored to extend the reach of the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation through this vital project. Together we will serve the most fragile children in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties,” said Martha Avery, Vice President of Development at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.