ICU baby’s team of in-hospital volunteers witness firsthand the additional financial strain that having a baby in the NICU places on a family, regardless of a family’s finances. ICU baby’s Transportation Assistance Program offers a stipend to offset transportation costs for parents whose visits to the NICU are restricted because of financial hardship.
ICU baby evaluates qualifying family’s needs through an application and interview process. Each application is reviewed by a committee and, if requirements are met, ICU baby provides a bus pass, gas card, parking voucher or private transportation to supplement transportation costs. Each family is required to reapply on a monthly basis and renewal of the transportation benefit is given if parents regularly visit and engage in the care of their baby.
ICU baby’s Transportation Assistance Program program is currently offered to low income families with a baby in the NICU of Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. ICU baby is in discussions with Baptist Health System’s South Miami Hospital about unveiling a similar program for NICU families there.
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