Newborns and Parents in Intensive Care Unit Get Much-Needed Help

The North Florida Regional Medical Center, along with the March of Dimes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Support program that expanded to the hospital in recent months, helps families forge ahead when dealing with premature newborns.

The March of Dimes program offers families print and web resources and on-hand staff at partner hospitals. The parents receive detailed information on health issues, including anemia, breathing problems and heart defects their child could have.

Parents see their baby’s size and the wires hooked up to the baby and are often afraid to touch or hold their own child, said Mindy Friedman, the parent education coordinator at North Florida Regional Women’s Center.

The March of Dimes programs helps ease this worry by giving advice on how parents can hold their children or ways they can touch their babies if they are too fragile to be held. The program includes resources like monthly webinars for staff development, as well. The goal for the staff is to give a calming sense of support to the families in this trying situation, said Friedman. 

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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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