November 21, 2018

UAB’s tiniest patients ready for Thanksgiving in the NICU

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For UAB’s tiniest patients, Thanksgiving will be a little more festive with turkey bottoms.

While most of the families in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be spending the holidays away from home and other family members, UAB’s tiniest patients will still be ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in handmade turkey costumes thanks to the UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine program.

Through arts and crafts activities like these Thanksgiving-themed costumes, RNICU and Continuing Care Nursery parents are able to channel creative energy into a festive keepsake they can then show their baby in the future.

The AIM program is a partnership between UAB Medicine and the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and underscores UAB’s commitment to patient-centered care. AIM endeavors to enhance healing and wellness for patients through the arts. Piloted in 2013, AIM maintains a rotating schedule for a growing number of UAB Medicine units, including the Bone Marrow Transplant Intensive Care Unit, Heart/Lung Transplant ICU, Acute Care for Elders, Hematology/Oncology Infusion Therapy, Women and Infants Services/High-Risk Obstetrics, RNICU, CCN, and Center for Psychiatric Medicine. Learn more about the program or make a donation.