By Christine Valdez
Web Production Assistant
At the Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, brand new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit videoconferencing systems will be set up for parents following a $100,000 donation by the Provident Bank Foundation. With the placement of the videoconferencing system — NICView — Saint Peter’s will become the first regional center to offer the service to patients and their loved ones.
The idea of the NICView videoconferencing systems was brought up after Karen McMullen, chair of the Provident Bank Foundation board, took a tour of the NICU at the hospital, according to Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Chief Communications Officer Phil Hartman. During the tour, McMullen had realized that more could be done to showcase the work that is done in the hospital’s NICU.
Following the tour, plans for the videoconferencing system began.
While a patient remains in the NICU, parents will be able to check in and see their child in the NICU from anywhere. Hartman says parents will be able to access the videoconferencing system from a computer or from any mobile device.
Along with parents being able to check in on their child, the new system will allow the hospital staff to post notes and updates to viewers, as well as the baby’s schedule.
The videoconferencing systems are currently being installed in the hospital, with installation and completion expected by February. Currently one camera for the system is being tested by one of the families with a baby in the NICU. So far the camera has been functioning properly, according to Hartman.