Broadcast Raises $825,236 for McLeod Children’s Hospital
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the physicians, staff, families and area supporters who once again have made substantial contributions to provide lifesaving support to children.
The 2009 Children’s Miracle Network Celebration Broadcast, held May 30, raised $825,236 for McLeod Children’s Hospital. The Celebration Broadcast is a culmination of year-round efforts dedicated to helping hospitalized children. Businesses and individuals including McLeod employees support the Children’s Hospital through the McLeod Health Foundation.
The McLeod Children’s Hospital is the local partner for Children’s Miracle Network providing the highest level of pediatric care and technology in the region.
The Broadcast took place Saturday, May 30, on WBTW News 13. Three children treated at McLeod Children’s Hospital were featured during this year’s celebration. These miracle children were Kenyeon Lloyd of Effingham, Nasir Montgomery of Lake City, and Jamiey Teal of Cheraw.
These funds are used to purchase highly specialized equipment for the McLeod Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which help advance the treatment of critically ill and injured children and infants.
Current projects and equipment that funds raised for the Children’s Hospital will be utilized for include the new McLeod Pediatric Rehabilitation Services center on Second Loop Road and Alaris Infusion Pumps that help to ensure the right medication dosage is delivered to infants in the NICU. Funds are also utilized to fund Camp Health, a summer camp for children with asthma, diabetes and sickle cell, and support programs such as injury prevention and community health education programs.
Funds generated nationally by Children’s Miracle Network are used to benefit children treated at 170 hospitals throughout North America. One hundred percent of locally-generated donations stay right here at McLeod Children’s Hospital.
More than 100 beds at McLeod are dedicated to serve the needs of children in McLeod Children’s Hospital, the NICU and PICU, and McLeod Day Hospital. Each year approximately 26,000 children are treated at McLeod either as an inpatient, outpatient, or rehabilitation patient. At McLeod Children’s Hospital, doctors, nurses, technicians, and volunteers strive for medical excellence in treating critically ill and injured children and to provide the very best healthcare resources for the region’s children for generations to come.
Thanks again to all who participated in the Celebration weekend or provided financial support to the McLeod Children’s Hospital.
Here’s more information about other Pediatric Services at McLeod:
McLeod Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric:
Since 1992, a specially designated Children’s Hospital Ambulance has transported children and newborns from community hospitals throughout the region to high-tech, lifesaving specialists at the Children’s Hospital. In 1994, McLeod opened the region’s only five-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) — designed, staffed and equipped, especially for children. In 1997, the PICU was upgraded from a five-bed unit to a six-bed unit and is currently under the direction of two board-certified pediatric intensivists. The McLeod Pediatric Intensivists offer critical care services for life threatening illnesses, diseases, and injuries in both the McLeod Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. They also provide outpatient sedation services for MRI’s and painful procedures where sedation is required.
McLeod Neonatal Intensive Care Unit:
Since 1980, McLeod has been providing the highest level of lifesaving care available to critically ill newborn infants through our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). McLeod is the designated Regional Prenatal Center for northeastern South Carolina, one of only five in the state, and is one of only seven Level III NICU’s in the state. The 40-bed unit provides care to around 400 infant patients per year. Three Board-certified Neonatologists staff the unit, along with the region’s most comprehensive nursing, respiratory therapy and occupational therapy staff, trained and experienced in the management of high-risk newborns and their families.
McLeod provides transport services for high-risk or critical babies from community hospitals within the Pee Dee to the McLeod NICU. Nurses and respiratory therapists respond immediately to assure high quality care for the newborn during transport, often making the difference between life and death for some newborns.
McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists:
McLeod currently has five pediatric subspecialists encompassing the subspecialties of pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric endocrinology and pediatric orthopedic surgery. In addition, McLeod is joined by satellite clinics from the Medical University of South Carolina in the fields of pediatric hematology, oncology, and nephrology. Pediatric neurology and pediatric allergy/immunology are also available. Before this group formed, patients and their families had to travel out of the area to receive the specialized pediatric care that is now provided locally. Patients are referred to McLeod Pediatric Critical Care Group by their family doctors or pediatricians.
McLeod Child Life Program:
Hospital experiences can be extremely stressful to children and their families. Interruption of normal life, physical limitations, medical procedures, and family separation all have the potential to interfere with a child’s response to medical treatment. Hospitalized children are often fearful and do not understand what may be required for their treatment. The Child Life Program at McLeod Children’s Hospital provides children with a positive, informative healthcare experience, and seeks to establish trust and provide comfort for a child and their family during hospitalization. This is done through many services – - including the Child Life Specialist, the Volunteer Coordinator, and the McLeod Child Life Activity Center.