Women’s Services Advances with Support from Foundation Partners
The Foundation recently purchased nine new cardiac monitors for use on the Mother-Baby Units and the Birth Center and Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit to support the new requirements for neonatal resuscitation. These monitors are required should the newborn need prolonged resuscitation or chest compressions to be performed. As these devices were fairly expensive, it was wonderful that the Foundation was able to purchase and pay for all of the required monitors!
Memorial Hospital is on the Journey to Baby Friendly Designation, a program founded by the World Health Organization to improve infant feeding and long term health benefits. The Foundation was fundamental in providing payment for most of the required training and education hours for all of the nursing staff. This was no small purchase as the department has over 280 staff members, most of them requiring 15 hours of classes to become proficient and meet the stringent requirements of the baby friendly guideline. Without the help of the Foundation we would struggle with being able to fit this type of expense into our operating budget.