House unanimously adopts Sainato resolution honoring neonatal intensive care unit staff

HARRISBURG, Sept.  30 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted Rep. Chris Sainato’s resolution recognizing Sept. 30 as NICU Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.

Sainato, D-Lawrence, said he introduced H.R. 1009 to highlight the critical role staff in neonatal intensive care units play in caring for the youngest and most vulnerable patients.

“Although all expectant parents hope for a smooth and uncomplicated delivery, things don’t always go as planned,” Sainato said. “Each year, more than 500,000 newborns are admitted to neonatal intensive care units. Fortunately, they end up in the hands of incredibly dedicated professionals, whose care and treatment during those first critical weeks and months help them thrive.

“This resolution honors these amazing physicians, nurses, aids and other NICU staff here in Pennsylvania for the exceptional job they do caring for some of our most fragile patients and for the critical support and comfort they provide to parents and other family members during one of the most stressful times they may experience.

“Thanks to their efforts and to advances in NICU care, survival rates for low birth weight and other conditions are improving all the time, and more families are bringing home infants with a bright future.”

Sainato said additional support remains a problem for parents of infants who experience complications that persist beyond their hospital stay, and he hopes his resolution will call attention to the need for additional research and resources to support families with post-hospital health care needs.