Neonatology : Project: New Born

Project: New Born

Project: New Born is a nonprofit philanthropic organization founded in 1973 by a group of committed and dynamic women who devoted themselves to raising much-needed funds for maintenance and support of the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a facility for imperiled premature and high risk infants located at the University of Miami/Holtz Children’s Hospital. In 1986 Project: New Born was joined by the Infantry, an offspring group of young energetic men and women, dedicated to the same goals and pledged to support the annual funding necessary to provide the best possible care for the babies. The organization has raised large sums of money and has pledged to continue to do so! Fund raising occurs through annual dues, an annual gala, as well as other events, and through plaques in honor of or in memory of family or friends, which are displayed outside the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The main purpose of the organization is to enable the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide the best possible care of infants with special problems too complex to be managed in other institutions. Survival for the smallest infants in the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Special Care Center is among the highest nationwide.

Project: New Born’s fundraising efforts have been applied to a number of crucial activities taking place in the Division of Neonatology, including research, equipment purchase, salary subsidization, and advocacy support. The major goal in terms of facilitating research is not only the survival of the infant, but equally important, the development of healthy normal babies. The commitment to supporting neonatal research has enabled the establishment of a research endowment fund for the expansion of the Neonatal Physiology Laboratory, where the research thrust continues to include such neonatal problems as neonatal infection, chronic lung disease, retinopathy of prematurity, brain hemorrhage in preterm infants, and apnea of prematurity. In addition, funds are made available for annual grants for medical students interested in doing research in the field of neonatology. Project: New Born’s funds have enabled the purchase of equipment for the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in order to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of the infants in the unit. Funds have provided subsidies for salaries of key laboratory personnel. Finally, the organization has provided support for advocacy, family education and legal action programs for vitally important issues pertaining to the needs and well being of all babies. The influence of a viable support group like Project: New Born is invaluable in creating public awareness of the need for better neonatal care.

The organization is several thousand strong: a formidable group which is on the march to attract new members and interested individuals committed to the same goals…that “every baby deserves a happy, healthy start in life…”

For further information regarding Project: New Born or to make a donation, please contact Maria Valles at 305-585-6408.