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The Family Involvement Council 

The Family Involvement Council for the St. Mary's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was established in 2004. The Council is composed of parents who have had children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and healthcare professionals from the Unit. The Council meets once a month at St. Mary's Hospital to fulfill their mission.

Family Involvement Council (FIC) Mission
The mission of the St. Mary's NICU Family Involvement council is to provide support and encouragement (through personal experiences) to the families who currently have infants in the intensive care unit. Through our perspective as parents, we can bring unit staff information and ideas that will continue to enhance their family centered care practice.

History of the FIC
The FIC started in June of 2004. It began as an out growth of a family centered care committee of staff nurses in the NICU. Family centered care is a philosophy of care which states that the parent is the most important person in the life of the child. To move toward the goal of being a family-centered unit, the NNICU established this advisory council to bring the parent perspective into the unit culture. The FIC is composed primarily of parents who have had infants in the NICU, but also includes NICU staff nurses and social workers for a balanced committee. We strive to have a diverse group of parents represented on the committee.

The FIC group designates gifts and support for families of current NICU patients through fundraising and donation. To donate funds to the NICU or FIC, contact the St. Mary's Foundation, and specify that you want your donation to go to the Family Involvement Council. The FIC is a non-profit organization.


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