About ICU baby
ICU baby’s mission is to unite NICU families and provide emotional, financial, and informational support so that babies and families can thrive together. Our vision is to build a community of NICU families who empower each other to be confident and present in their own NICU journeys, leading to better outcomes.
ICU baby is transforming the NICU experience so that parents feel more empowered; babies feel more nurtured; families feel more connected; and communities offer more support.
The NICU Families Fund is established by Elizabeth Simonton and her husband Louis Freeman as a fiscal sponsorship fund.
Baptist Health System’s South Miami Hospital NICU Administration approves an initiative to provide NICU families with tote bags that contain essential NICU supplies.
The first event is held to benefit South Miami Hospital’s NICU families. The community support is overwhelming and the momentum to broaden the mission of the NICU Families Fund begins.
A team of women passionate about support for NICU families join Elizabeth to expand the NICU Families Fund. Nichole Aldrich serves as Co-Founder with Elizabeth and Leah GM Jayanetti and Ani Buraglia serve as Founding Board Members.
The NICU Families Fund officially becomes ICU baby.
ICU baby launches its Parent-to-Parent Support and NICU Pack Programs at South Miami Hospital.
ICU baby launches its Supper of Support at South Miami Hospital.
ICU baby has its first official fundraiser – Raising the Stakes.
ICU baby launches its Parent-to-Parent Support and NICU Pack Programs at Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
ICU baby launches its Supper of Support at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
ICU baby’s Transportation Assistance Program is unveiled at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
ICU baby introduces its signature fundraising event Celebration of Miracles – A Night Under the Stars.
ICU baby launches its first Give Miami Day campaign and raises over $25,000 to support its programs.
The first Cuisine & Crafts event is held at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
The Transportation Assistance Program is launched at South Miami Hospital.
ICU baby hires its first employee – Vanesa Salvo, as Volunteer Coordinator.
ICU baby launches its Tiny Miracles Campaign for Give Miami Day and raises almost $45,000 to support its programs.
The ICU read Program is started in both hospitals.
Cuisine & Crafts becomes a permanent program at South Miami Hospital.
ICU baby has its second Celebration of Miracles event – Havana Nights.
ICU baby wins Inspire 305 Trailblazer Award.
ICU baby officially leaves the Key Biscayne Community Foundation to stand as an independent charitable organization.
ICU baby launches its NICU Strong COVID Relief Plan.
Tele-Support begins at both hospitals.
ICU baby’s Youth Ambassador Program is introduced.
ICU baby wins the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Novo Award
ICU baby holds its first World Prematurity Car Parade at South Miami Hospital.
FPQC Director Award given to ICU baby’s CEO and Parent Advisors
ICU baby holds its first annual HOPE Parade community walk.
Bedside Support resumes at South Miami Hospital after COVID-19 threat decreases.
ICU baby recives a Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Award.
ICU baby’s annual fundraising event returns – A Celebration of Miracles, La Dolce Vita.