OCEANSIDE -- A plaque recognizing the generosity of Hans and the late Muriel Schiff was dedicated Friday in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Tri-City Medical Center.
The Schiffs donated $45,000 to help purchase the NICView Webcam System, which allows family and friends anywhere in the world to view babies in the hospital’s NICU. The Schiffs generous donation helped buy 25 of the password-protected webcams. To date, there have been more than 1,200 viewings from across the country, Canada
“Muriel and I several years ago decided to devote some of our resources to help in the community,” Mr. Schiff said during a ceremony attended by CEO Larry Anderson, Chief Nurse Executive Sharon Schultz, and Tri-City Hospital Foundation Executive Director Farrah Douglas. Also in attendance were Dr. Hamid Movahhedian, director of the NICU; Nancy Myers, manager of the NICU; and Jane Mitchell of the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, which also has benefitted from the Schiffs’ generosity.
Mr. Schiff took a tour of the NICU and got an up-close look at the webcams he made possible. He also got some welcome feedback from first-time parents visiting their newborn. “We use it all the time,” a young father told Mr. Schiff.
Mr. Anderson thanked the Schiffs for their donation. “Your gift is repeating itself and it will repeat itself a million times,” he said.
Tri-City Medical Center, the only Level III NICU in North County, is the first hospital in the county to install the webcams.