Foundation Funds Bring AngelEye System to Olympia Fields NICU

For parents who must leave the hospital with their newborn remaining in the neonatal intensive care unit, a system installed in Franciscan Health hospitals eases the stress of separation.

Franciscan Health has partnered with AngelEye Health to launch its live-streaming camera system at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields in February. Previously, Franciscan Health Foundation previously funded the system’s installation at NICUs in Lafayette and Crown Point.

The AngelEye solution includes advanced camera technology with streaming video and one-way audio. Parents and other family members can log on through a secure network with a personal password so they can see their baby at any time on their phone, computer or tablet.

“This virtual visiting system is a great alternative to solving certain visiting obstacles that might make it difficult for siblings, grandparents and other family members to meet the new addition to their family due to the hospital visiting hours, age restrictions or travel impediments,” said Director of Patient Care Services Joan Culver.

The AngelEye Health System mobile app provides real-time push notifications and alerts via text message, including updates from their child’s care team. Parents can use the system to text questions to the NICU staff if, for example, they want to know how their child did with their feeding.

“Thanks to the supporters of the Franciscan Health Foundation and the Raskob Foundation, families will be able to maintain visual contact with their children, which is significant in building a bond between special care nursery infants and families,” said Franciscan Health Foundation South Suburban Chicago Executive Director Laurie Crosby.