Bellin Receives Donation Benefitting NICU Patients

Over $1,500 worth of clothes, books and toys donated by local high school student

Bellin Health has received a donation of baby clothes, books and toys valued at over $1,500 directly benefitting patients and families of Bellin’s Family Integrated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Noah Lukasek, a junior at Manitowoc Lutheran High School, led the efforts behind the donation, auctioning off his own artwork to raise funds and purchase the supplies.

"Children and their families go through a lot when they're in the hospital, and I wanted to find a way to help," Lukasek said. "God blessed me with a cool talent, and I don't want to let it go to waste. I encourage everyone to find a talent or activity they enjoy and use it to help others. I am very grateful for all the generous people that bid on my artwork to make this fundraiser possible."

Bellin’s NICU, which opened last January, is the first in the state and one of only a handful in the nation to offer NICU “couplet care” suites that are quiet, private and spacious, allowing mom and baby to be cared for together (as a couplet) in their room during their entire stay — rather than baby being transferred to a separate NICU nursery with multiple patients.

“We are so thankful for the incredible generosity Noah has shown to Bellin and our NICU families,” said Deborah Fischer, Bellin Health Vice President for OB/GYN and Neonatology. “These donations will offer joy and relief during what can be a very stressful time.”