WI21 - NICU

Grant Highlights: Better Together

Grants in Action

WINTER 2021

Our donors understand that a community with access to the very best healthcare is a community that thrives. Thanks to their generosity, the Healthcare Foundation is able to help SMH meet the community’s healthcare needs through grants that fund state-of-the-art technology, educational and wellness programs, and many other initiatives to ensure the highest level of patient care.

Our latest round of grants, totaling over $1.8 million, has helped the hospital to provide all of the following:

  • Streamlined medicine delivery for the hospital’s tiniest patients The newborns in SMH’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are among the hospital’s sickest and most vulnerable patients. Many require medications delivered in extremely small doses via an intravenous (IV) pump. Thanks to a grant of $110,000, SMH is able to purchase new pumps to ensure NICU babies get the care they need.
  • A better night’s sleep Letting the family members stay in the room with the new mother following the birth of their child has always been important at SMH, but especially so during the COVID pandemic, when safety rules require visitors to remain at the hospital for the duration of the stay. A grant of more than $60,000 funded sleeper sofas, ensuring that our families are comfortable during the labor and delivery experience.
  • A high-tech heart lab makeover SMH’s electrophysiology labs are filled with state-of-the-art equipment used to monitor and map the heart’s electrical systems and treat heart rhythm problems. A nearly $1 million grant included an upgrade to the latest technology and an ergonomic redesign to maximize efficiency.
  • A state-of-the-art approach to hip and leg surgery Hana tables are considered the gold standard in orthopedic surgical technology. The $150,000 grant provided two of these tables for patients undergoing surgery for hip and leg fractures.
  • Streamlined medicine delivery for the hospital’s tiniest patients The newborns in SMH’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are among the hospital’s sickest and most vulnerable patients. Many require medications delivered in extremely small doses via an intravenous (IV) pump. Thanks to a grant of $110,000, SMH is able to purchase new pumps to ensure NICU babies get the care they need.
  • More cost-effective blood treatments A $189,000 grant was awarded to help establish an Apheresis Program at SMH. Apheresis refers to a treatment that selectively removes abnormal cells or substances in the blood that are associated with certain diseases. Bringing the program in-house will allow for full oversight of quality and patient care.

We are grateful to our donors. Your gifts truly make a difference to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and the community.

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