Date: 11/2/2009

Foundation Donation arrives by Special Delivery to Community Hospital Nurseries

Members of the Splant family (left to right) Nathan, Kimberly and Phillip present Community Hospital neonatal intensive care unit nurse Lora Brands, RN (center) with DVD players and a basketful of educational viewing materials regarding preterm infants that can be shared with other parents of premature babies while at the hospital.

They say good things come in small packages. When Nathan C. Splant, son of Phillip and Kimberly Splant of St. John was born 15 weeks prematurely Jan. 10, 2004, he weighed less than 2 lbs., and was only 12-inches long at birth. He spent 108 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Community Hospital in Munster before being discharged in April of 2004 with an oxygen tank and heart monitor.

Good things have continued to happen ever since. Today, Nathan is a healthy, happy five-year old. The Splant family recently made a return trip to Community Hospital to make a special delivery on behalf of the Nathan C. Splant Foundation, an organization the family founded to honor their son and give back to others. The donation of DVD players and educational viewing materials regarding preterm babies from the Nathan C. Splant Foundation will provide the parents of other premature babies born at Community Hospital’s NICU and Special Care Nursery, the education and support necessary for a healthier start.

“Our family couldn’t have done it without the dedication and compassion of all those involved with Nathan’s recovery — the doctors, nurses, therapists and special program aides,” explains Kim Splant.

“We’re taking this opportunity to give back to the community,” said Phillip Splant. “We hope that others will benefit from our story — our miracle.”

More than 2,400 babies are born at Community Hospital each year, making the hospital one of the leading facilities in the state for newborn care. The hospital supports an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care unit, staffed by fellowship-trained neonatologists 24-hours a day. At the Family Birthing Center, the nursing and support staff provide close observation and attention to the special needs of babies that helps newborns not only survive, but also thrive. To find out more, visit

For information on the Nathan C. Splant Foundation, visit online at