“I just wanted to hold him. I just wanted to see him. They told me they were going to take him to the NICU. We were just terrified.” When Heidi reflects on her time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, that original terror is still present in her voice, despite it being year’s later and her healthy son is now a thriving, growing boy.
That primal yearning to touch your child for the very first time is engrained in us as a basic human response. To not get that chance is heartbreaking for a parent, and one of the initial goals of the NICU is to help fill that void of despair with the comfort of knowing there is no better place in North America for your premature newborn to be than right here.
It’s a nearly incomprehensible situation for so many, which is why when someone understands to the depth and extent that Pan Pacific Vancouver does, the BC Women’s Health Centre Foundation is proud to honour them. Over the years, thousands of British Columbian newborns and their families have benefited from the ongoing support the Pan Pacific Vancouver and their associates have given to the lives of BC’s most at-risk, premature and vulnerable infants through the NICU.
“Whether or not one has been touched personally, it is impossible not to feel the pain of watching a child struggle to survive. The NICU has made the difference in the lives of so many families. The Pan Pacific Vancouver, our associates and Ownership feel privileged to be in a position to support the work of BC Women’s Hospital. For the Pan Pacific family – it is simply the right thing to do.”
- General Manager, Craig Norris-Jones, on behalf of the associates and ownership of the Pan Pacific Vancouver
Every NICU family begins its journey early. They deeply rely on the members within it, they need the support from those around it and BC Women’s Health Centre Foundation is honoured to count Pan Pacific Vancouver as part of ours, and those spread far and wide across the province of British Columbia.
On behalf of the generations thriving today due to the generosity of Pan Pacific Vancouver, and those yet to come, we hope all of BC will join us in saying, a heartfelt thank you.