NHRMC Webcams Help Distant Loved Ones Bond with Their NICU Babies

July 05, 2016
WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center has installed secure, video-only webcam technology in each of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) rooms at NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital so families can see their hospitalized infant at any time.

The purpose of the innovative NicView camera system is to allow family members who cannot be present to still be involved in the care of the infant while in the NICU. Family members are given log-in information to access streaming photos on a secure online network. The use of the NicView camera system is available to all NICU families at no additional charge and can be turned off by request at any time.

“The NicView system provides peace of mind for parents who can’t always be at the hospital with their babies,” said Brandy Garris, NICU Manager at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “It also gives siblings, grandparents and extended families a chance to see the baby.”

The NicView system was purchased with funds raised at the 2015 Founders Gala through the NHRMC Foundation, and it has already proved its value and benefits to multiple families. On average, there are 725 infants admitted to the NICU at NHRMC each year. The NICU at NHRMC serves the entire region, and 75% of patients visit from outside of New Hanover County.

“We are proud to offer this service, and we expect that all of our NICU families will be grateful to have this opportunity,” Garris said.

Read further details about the NICU at www.nhrmc.org/services/pediatrics/nicu.