Atlanta Miracle Babies event to raise support for NICU families

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Northside Hospital, in collaboration with the Miracle Babies Organization, will host its second annual “Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital” fundraising event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Boulevard in Atlanta.

The event raises financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). More than $40,000 was raised at this event in 2012.

As the leader in maternity services, Northside Hospital in Atlanta delivers more babies than any other hospital in the country. In the hospital’s Level III NICU, as many as 100 premature and special-needs babies are cared for at a time, with more than 2,000 annually.

“We continue to receive more and more referrals for patients, from throughout Georgia and the Southeast, who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and, subsequently, will require the services of the NICU,” said Dr. Larry Matsumoto at Northside’s Center for Perinatal Medicine.

Many families spend days, weeks or even months in the unit and are unable to handle extra needs and expenses not covered by insurance.

Unplanned time off from work and increased travel to and from the hospital are a new reality for them. Out-of-town families may need lodging and basic living supplies.

Patterned after the San Diego nonprofit organization Miracle Babies, the mission of Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital is to provide crucial support to these families.

“While our NICU accepts donations for gas cards, phone cards, transportation, preemie clothing and other baby supplies, we cannot come close to meeting the immense needs of these families,” said Melissa Sisson, director of women’s services, Northside Hospital. “All funds raised from this event will go exclusively to the Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital Fund to support the unique medical and emotional needs of infants and families right here in our metro Atlanta hospitals.”

The event on Nov. 1 will include live music, a silent auction, fine art by local artists and a unique tasting event featuring chocolates, artisan wines, Scotch and hors d’oeuvres. San Diego Miracle Babies Founder Dr. Sean Daneshmand will be among the special guests in attendance.

The cost to attend is $35 per guest. Business or cocktail dress is requested.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Patricia Daniel of the Northside Hospital Foundation at 404-851-6285 or patricia.daniel@northside.com.