The Northern Lights Health Foundation is receiving $100,000 to advance infant care in the region.
The funds put forward by Pembina Pipeline Corporation will renew the baby warmer and resuscitation units used by children born at the hospital each year.
NLHF Executive Director Cindy Amerongen says the units currently on the ward are old and the technology doesn’t align with other hospitals throughout the province.
“Beyond the regular care of newborns, the department often needs to stabilize infants who must be transferred to other hospitals for other specialized care. And infants who are returning from those specialized care institutions may also need transition time back in the infant warmer prior to heading home. We need the right technology to support newborn care and infant transfers and interventions.”
Amerongen adds this donation will help eventually replace all of them.
Manager of Maternity and Pediatrics Juanita Pilgrim says upgrading the equipment means providing care for babies who are born as early as 35 weeks gestation and may require extra supports such as breathing.
“The new standard for infant care is the Panda iRes Baby Warmer units,” Pilgrim said.
“Newborns are placed in the unit for weighing, monitoring, and medical interventions and they provide technology to ensure local level 1 special care for pre-term infants.”
Around 1,300 children are born at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre every year.