Essentia Health-Fargo receives $100,000 gift for new NICU wing

Essentia Health-Fargo thanks Moorhead native and National Hockey League star Matt Cullen and his wife Bridget, through their non-profit organization, the Cullen Children’s Foundation for a $100,000 gift to be used for a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit wing at the hospital. 

The Cullen Children’s Foundation Critical Care Wing will be a part of a the brand-new NICU being built at the hospital on 32nd Avenue in Fargo.

“Children’s healthcare is the primary focus of the Cullen Children’s Foundation,” Says Minnesota Wild player Matt Cullen. “We are very excited to be a part of Essentia’s NICU expansion, and to continue our support of medical providers in Fargo-Moorhead to further these efforts.”

“We have been so blessed with generous local sponsors,” says Bridget Cullen. “It is wonderful to be able to put these funds to work expanding Essentia’s NICU, and see the direct benefit to our community.” 

The new NICU will help meet the growing need for additional beds at the Level III facility. Research shows NICU patients who are in private rooms have more positive outcomes than the open-unit setting. The current unit has an open setting, with 10 beds separated by curtains. The new space will add nine beds and bring the total number of rooms to 14 private rooms. 

“All I can says is ‘wow!’” says Essentia Health Regional Foundation Director Sue Omdalen. “My heart is overflowing with joy. This gift can help so many of the tiniest fighters in our region. This will truly make a difference for our patients and community.” 

You can help some of the most vulnerable babies in our region by attending the Essentially Yours event put on by the Essentia Health Regional Foundation. The event is from 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Avalon Event Center, 2525 9thAve. S. Fargo. It features a social with appetizers, games, silent auction and more. Tickets are $50 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the expanded NICU.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to donate to the NICU, contact Omdalen at (701) 364-7784 or reserve tickets at

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