Babies born at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre will be quite comfortable shortly after birth.
The Health Foundation received $400,000 from the Rotary District 5730 Charitable Foundation, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Lions of Alberta Foundation, and the Canadian Red Cross to update the hospital’s 11 infant warmers and resuscitation units.
NLHF Director of Development Lorna Ash tells Mix News the upgrade was an important need for the hospital.
“Every baby, once they’re delivered, goes instantly into these beds, so it does there weight, it has a heat lamp on them, and checks all vital signs and oxygen levels as well.”
The beds in the old units were getting close to their end dates – the soft materials in them needed to be replaced.
Ash notes they’re now on par with the rest of the hospitals across the province.
“It’s very helpful for the babies that do have to go down for special care, like down to Stollery – now, the babies can be here longer because of these units and wait for that special care to get up here.”
The hospital supports around 1,300 births each year.
Meanwhile, the Health Foundation finished their $16 million Gratitude Campaign earlier this week. Ash adds it means a lot to see the community continue to support the hospital, ensuring it’s in tip-top shape.
“The less, as community members, that we have to drive down that highway to get the care we need, it’s just fantastic.”