FRANKLIN, Tenn.—The babies of Williamson Medical Center’s NICU will be getting some extra love this month, thanks to the generosity of a group of local quilters. Together, they created more than 50 small blankets, and five special covers for our incubation units.
The blankets can be used to line the NICU beds, adding a splash of color. They are then given to the families as a special gift.
The covers have a higher purpose. They are put over the incubation units to keep light out, noise down, and provide a little bit of extra warmth for the babies with the highest needs. These covers can come in very handy for newborns living with respiratory issues.
The items were handmade by some 20 volunteers, sponsored by The Quilting Squares Quilt Shop in Franklin. Quilters Valerie Curtis, Babs Knieriem, and Rita Stapleton delivered them with love to Williamson Medical Center, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Amanda Baldwin, BSN, NICU service coordinator, and Gwen Archbell, RN, were on hand to accept the quilts. They said the OB Department was very grateful for the volunteers’ thoughtful gifts.
This is not the first time the group has given to our NICU. Back in September 2017, Curtis dropped off 41 of the little handmade quilts.
The ladies will be returning to give more, too! They have pledged to deliver five more incubation unit covers.
These donations were possible thanks to the help of the Williamson Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital.
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