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Technology at Bryan Health Changes Lives for Local Family with Baby in Neonatal ICU

The Neonatal ICU in Bryan Health has gained a new camera system that is changing the lives of local families.

Kay Clark and her husband Jesse Clark have a daughter who has been in NICU for over 100 days, but are now able to bond with baby through live stream video. Kay says the new technology allows her to spend less time in the hospital.

“When you’re here you think about work, the walls are closing in because you spend so much time here,” she explains. “But [the camera system] has really helped. Being able to leave for a little bit to get fresh air or to go get food, just know that she has great nurses, but you can also see her all the time whenever you want.”

The Clark family can now access the Angel Eye camera above their baby's basinet for a live stream video 24/7 from their mobile devices. They say their out-of-state family can also login to the secure website or app to view their daughter, Amelia, who has been in NICU since her birth December 21, 2016.

The system was installed only 3 weeks ago, but nurses at Bryan Health believe it will continue to be a great benefit to local families. Neonatal ICU nurse manager Laurie Ketterl says it helps those who need to return to work.

“There is a little bit of anxiety of having to leave their baby, so it makes them feel connected with their baby so they can see it anytime they want to,” she says.

Another goal in having the Angel Eye system is to promote bonding between families and their premature babies who can’t always be together.

“In the beginning we could hardly hold [Amelia],” says Kay Clark. “Just seeing her when I go home or go to work, it just helps…fill that void.”

The camera system available in the Bryan Health NICU is the only one of its kind in Lincoln, according to Neonatal ICU nurse manager Laurie Ketterl. She says the Angel Eye was made possible by a donation from Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation. 

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