NBC Chicago's Making a Difference features La Rabida's "Extra TLC" volunteer program

Thursday July 20th, 2017

La Rabida Children's Hospital’' volunteer program is expanding with a new "Extra TLC" program that assigns volunteers to infants on the inpatient unit. Volunteers spend several hours of one-on-one time each week caring for and nurturing La Rabida's youngest patients to promote bonding, communication and learning when external circumstances prevent families from visiting as often as they would like. The hospital currently has many infant patients who stay on the inpatient unit for several months until they are stable enough to go home. While many families are able to coordinate so that a family member is regularly present to support and nurture the baby, some families have limitations to the time they can spend at the hospital. The Extra TLC program aims to fill this gap by providing quality bonding time between patients and volunteers. Click here to watch the news segment featuring this program.