• NICU Next Generation campaign


  • Wellmont Foundation NICU Next Generation Campaign
  • The next time you see local children playing, laughing and growing, just imagine: ten percent of them started their lives in a neonatal intensive care unit, where sick and premature newborns receive lifesaving intervention and care.

    Furthering our legacy of care

    With thousands of neonatal intensive care unit graduates grown up and thriving, it is time to equip the NICU and improve our children's services for the next generation of miracle babies. We're planning to expand, renovate and relocate Holston Valley Medical Center's NICU - and we need your help.

    This $2.5 million project is desperately needed to improve care and create an atmosphere that's better suited for patient and family needs, as well as emerging and advanced technology.

    With your support, the new NICU will:

    • Relocate to Holston Valley's third floor, adjacent to its birthing unit. New mothers will be comforted to know high-level neonatal care is quite literally just around the corner.
    • Significantly expand floor space, nearly doubling the available amount of room for each baby and family.
    • Feature an innovative layout that flexes to accommodate mixed caseloads and allocate our resources. We'll be able to group babies according to the severity of their illnesses, developmental needs and privacy concerns.

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    Neonatal care at Holston Valley - our legacy of caring

    • The Holston Valley NICU opened in 1986 - one of the first in the state.
    • Approximately 1,100 babies are born each year at Holston Valley; of those, more than 250 are admitted to the NICU.
    • The NICU cares for babies born as young as 24 weeks, weighing as little as 15 oz.
    • Many NICU babies are born prematurely and suffer complications, such as respiratory distress, heart defects and infections. Other causes for admission include multiple births, such as twins or triplets, poor prenatal care or maternal health problems.
    • Newborns frequently stay in the NICU for weeks or even months. As such, the unit is usually filled to capacity.
    • The equipment used to treat a single baby in the NICU typically costs $100,000 to $250,000.
    • As a non-profit hospital, Holston Valley serves any patient who needs our care - regardless of their ability to pay. In the NICU, we provide more than $58 million of uncompensated care every year.
    • Wellmont Health System is our region's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals affiliate, a partnership which began in 1986.

    How can I support the NICU Next Generation campaign?

    Your gift to the NICU Next Generation campaign will make it possible for us to provide the absolute best care to our tiniest patients and their families. If the NICU has touched your life, or the life of someone you know, please consider enrolling in the Next Generation Campaign's Little Footprints Club

    You also have the option to make a one-time gift to the NICU or a recurring donation at whatever level reflects your passion and commitment to the project.

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    If the NICU has touched your life, or the life of someone you know, please consider enrolling in the Next Generation Campaign's Little Footprints Club and help babies in need for years to come.

  • NICU miracles

    Emily and Madison Surgener, NICU patients

    Emily and Madison Surgener were born 10 weeks before their due date. Today, thanks to the NICU at Holston Valley, they are thriving, healthy girls who are true miracles. Check out their story and those of other children across the region who have grown up happy and healthy - and as NICU miracles.