Highland Gala for littlest patients

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The Highland Hospital 2018 Gala will be held Saturday, April 14 at the Floreano Riverside Convention Center to benefit patients in the Special Care Nursery in the Family Maternity Center.

Andrew Muldoon, the Highland Hospital Foundation Director, and Kelly Adler, a former patient in the Family Maternity Center, discussed the Gala and its impact Monday during News 8 at Noon.

“This year we’re focusing on the Family Maternity Center,” Muldoon. “It’s a project that is going to really renovate and expand our triage area for our newest moms coming to Highland, to provide a workspace to encourage better collaboration. It’s to provide the equipment and space to really provide the best modern medicine today. Also, there’s a new Special Care Nursery for our youngest patients at Highland. That’s where babies who are born just a little bit early — or they need just a little bit more help — can get their best start. Now it’s going to be private rooms for these newest babies, with room enough for a mom or parent to stay with them while they’re really getting their feet underneath them, or doing the best they can.”

Adler knows first hand the vital care offered in the hospital’s Family Maternity Center. “A year and a half ago, I delivered twin girls at Highland Hospital. They were born five weeks early, so they had to spend nine days in the Special Care Nursery, which was pretty challenging for us, because we didn’t have that opportunity to stay with them. We went home without our babies. When you’re preparing for a baby, you leave your house and have your car seats in the car; you’re home is ready. When you get in the car and your car seats are empty because your babies are in the hospital, you walk into that door without your babies, and it’s challenging and sad.”

She’s grateful for the care provided by the Highland Hospital staff. “It was amazing for us because when we did leave them, we knew they were safe. We knew they were together. We did have the opportunity to still go every three hours and feed them, but we were very comfortable with the nursing staff. They treated them like they were their own kids. It was amazing for us.”

This will be the thirteenth Highland Gala. “Springtime in New York” is this year’s theme. “There’s going to be a cocktail hour where you walk through different neighborhoods of New York,” Muldoon explained. “There’s Times Square with Broadway singers, Little Italy with opera singers. We have a Brooklyn area with mixologists, live art demonstrations and some fantastic jazz music. The dinner’s going to be at ‘Tavern on the Green.’ We’re going to close the night sort of like the ‘Boom Boom Room,’ from the early, early days with classic dancing and nice swing music. It’s just going to be a great night celebrating Highland.”

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here

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