The “NICU” (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, in Mobile, Alabama is the area’s only Level III unit, offering the most advanced care for premature and critically ill newborns and the area’s only neonatal transport team. Approximately 900 babies are admitted annually; nearly 20 percent of the babies transported to USA Children’s and Women’s are from referring hospitals in the region.
As a Teen Advisory Board for the NICU at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Kellie Barrett has seen the abundance of support needed to aid in the care of premature and critically ill newborns. To address this need, Barrett organizes an annual Teen Runway Fashion Show. Through this event, Barrett brings community awareness of the wonderful initiatives the local children’s hospital engages in daily to help save the lives of children. The funds collected from the fashion show assist with the continued cost of providing outstanding patient care.