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Auxiliary Supports NICU Families at Northside

Posted on: August 14, 2015


The Northside Hospital-Atlanta Auxiliary recently sponsored the renovation of a special “Parent Room” for families with babies in the hospital’s Special Care Nursery (SCN), or NICU.  A dedication was held Wednesday, July 8.

“The Parent Room is a special place for families to get away from the hustle and bustle of having a baby in the SCN and enjoy some peace and quiet during an otherwise difficult time,” said Carol Shutley with the Northside Hospital H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Bereavement Office, which spearheaded the project.  Many of the families who utilize the Parent Room have received a life-limiting diagnosis for their baby.  The renovated Parent Room is equipped with comfortable seating, a television, a universal charging station, and an auxiliary jack with built-in room speakers so that families can plug in devices for music.

“Our goal with the renovation was to update the space and make it more comfortable, warm and welcoming for our SCN families, and thanks to the generous support of the Northside Hospital Auxiliary, the room has been completed,” said Shutley.

Two former SCN families donated artwork for the new room in memory of the babies they loved and lost.  In memory of her daughter, Lily, who died in 2014, Emily Schuerman, of Roswell, donated an oil painting by her great aunt, Gloria Beahan.  Lanie Taylor Pontz, Atlanta, lost Jake in 2005 and Sawyer in 2009.  Pontz donated a watercolor by her mother-in-law, Shelley Picker.  Both moms said the paintings were donated with the hope of comforting other parents during their time of grief.

In addition to the Parent Room, the Northside Hospital Auxiliary is funding the purchase of two new garden benches for a patio outside the Special Care Nursery.  Northside is extremely grateful to the Northside Hospital Auxiliary for their support of all Northside families.

For more information about supporting Northside Hospital, visit or call 770-667-4483 (GIVE).

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