COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Piedmont Columbus Regional celebrated its newly renovated and expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a ribbon cutting on Thursday.
The donors who made the project possible were also celebrated.
The unit was funded totally by a generous donation of $2 million from Auburn University Dance Marathon students.
"It's a privilege to take care of these children. It's a sacred blessing for all of us to do that. We have an obligation to our community to take care of the most vulnerable, and when I see those young students and young leaders go to college and start raising money to help the next generation of children, it gives me goosebumps," said Aline Lasseter, president of the Piedmont Medical Foundation.
Piedmont Columbus Regional's NICU is one of six regional perinatal centers in Georgia and serves 21 counties in West Georgia and East Alabama. The new unit includes 46 NICU beds and a layout that features open bays with three walls, which allows improved privacy for family access and kangaroo care.