HOW WE’RE UNIQUE
babies with high-level medical needs stand to benefit considerably from well-orchestrated care at the very beginning of their lives.
Babies with high-level medical needs are under served and stand to benefit considerably from well-orchestrated care at the very beginning of their lives. Many public and private insurers do not identify these babies immediately after they are born, and can take 6 months or more to offer them care coordination assistance, if they offer it at all. This means that the most critically ill newborns who require multiple complex treatments cannot receive care coordination covered by insurance during this critical developmental time in their lives. The Little Heroes League provides funding to our partner hospital, Lurie Children’s, to provide care coordination during this critical period and after discharge from the hospital.
In the Chicago region, Lurie Children’s treats hundreds of newborns with the most complex needs because they have a highly specialized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. And Lurie Children’s now cares for even more of these very sick children after their unit expansion in 2018.