Crouse Hospital is home to the Walter R. G. Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Central New York’s only state-designated level four regional perinatal center. We serve 17 counties — from the Canadian border in Northern New York to the Southern Tier. Each year, our NICU team provides the latest life-saving technology to more than 800 premature and critically ill newborns.
One such baby started her life in the Baker NICU: Katherine Robinson, daughter of Sonia and William Robinson. Now 17 and a senior at Oswego High School, Katherine visited the NICU recently, coming to Crouse to deliver 300 hats, blankets and booties that were hand-made during a knitting project that she coordinated in her community called "Hats for Hope."
"Touring the NICU has given me a better idea of what I went through. I've always wanted to do something to give back and help preemies," said Katherine, who met several of the nurses and physicians who cared for her 17 years ago, including Tari Cattelane, RN, pictured above, right, with Katherine and NICU Nurse Manager, Kathy Costello, RN.
Read Katherine's inspirational first-person account about why she initiated this project and how she feels about growing up having started life as a preemie.