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Children’s Hospital Supported by Our Community

Monday, June 7th, 2010

We want to thank the news team at WBTW TV 13 for making the Children’s Miracle Network a success. Their energy and talent replayed the remarkable stories of children and families who have received medical care with the McLeod Children’s Hospital. The news team at TV 13, both on camera and those who worked behind the camera and CMN vision throughout the year, were able to capture the resilience and teamwork of patients, families and the medical team.

We want to thank the people of our community and region. This year $838,915 was raised from telephone pledges and the hard work of businesses and community organizations. The funds will allow the safety net for children’s health to expand by these generous gifts to the McLeod Children’s Hospital.

We want to thank all of our McLeod family, Foundation staff and volunteers who worked to make the weekend a success. Thanks to all who participated in raising this support for the children of our region. It is humbling to see such an outpouring of community support from this region for children’s health. The funds will be put to good use, our work is confirmed and we are encouraged. We will go forward this year and improve our service to others.

Thanks,

Rob

Angel Food Network at McLeod

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I spent Saturday morning with the team from the McLeod Operating Room, Procurement Services and the Laundry helping to distribute boxes of food for the Angel Food Network at McLeod.  The volunteerism among those helping to support this monthly effort is greatly appreciated.

I also encourage those who have not considered this Angel Food Program as an opportunity for household cost savings, to learn more about it.  

What is Angel Food Network?  It is a food co-op program designed to help one another stretch our food budget.  Founded by Angel Food Ministries in 1994, the Angel Food program now is helping provide food relief to more than 500,000 families each month nationwide.

On Saturday morning we helped to unload, load, and prepare 250 boxes of food for those who ordered this month from McLeod Darlington, Dillon and Florence.  In addition to stretching our food budgets, it is a great opportunity to volunteer to help others for a few hours on Saturday Morning.  You can see from a few of these pictures some of the team who served this Saturday.

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The next Angel Food Network distribution day at McLeod will be July 25, 2009.  You may order a box of food for $30.  The retail value of the food is approximately $60.  To see the menu and/or order for July, you may visit this website …  http://www.angelfoodministries.com  If you would like to volunteer on Saturday, July 27th, please contact Sarah Williams. swilliams@mcleodhealth.org or 777-2475.

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More on Angel Food at McLeod:
With prices seeming to go up every week, buying groceries for yourself or your family can be more and more difficult. But buying food together through a food cooperative is one way to reduce food costs.

Through the Angel Food Network, McLeod Health is helping employees save on their food bills each month. Angel Food uses group purchasing and volunteers to make high-quality, name-brand food available at discounted prices.

The Angel Food Network keeps its overhead costs low by simplifying its distribution and relying on volunteers to distribute the orders.

At McLeod, staff members will be able to help their fellow employees by staffing the Saturday-morning distribution sites.

The Angel Food program is open to any employee, medical staff members, or volunteer. A Regular Box currently costs $30, and other boxes can be added to an order.

The $30 box feeds a family of four for about a week and has a retail value of about $60. A Senior Box of heat-and-serve cooked meals can be bought for $28, and add-on boxes of meat or vegetable and fruit can be added to an order of a Regular or Senior box.

To pick up an order, be sure to bring your receipt and a box or cooler for each box of food you ordered. If you are unable to pick up your order during the allotted time, give your receipt to a trusted family member or friend to pick up for you.

Help will be available from volunteers to process the food and to carry it to your car. Orders for the next month can be placed on distribution day — by cash, money order, or payroll deduction only.

To volunteer to help on distribution days or for more information about those times, date and locations, call the Angel Food Network hotline at 777-6009 or click on the Angel Food Network Link on the Intranet.

How to place an order:
You can order Angel Food boxes at the locations below using payroll deduction, cash, money order, credit/debit card, or EBT card. With Florence delivery only, online orders can be placed with a debit or credit card at www.AngelFoodMinistries.com. The Florence cafeteria can accept only cash and payroll deduction. Those wanting to payroll deduct ($65 limit) must be signed up with McLeod Advantage.

Locations for Sign-Up at McLeod:
McLeod Regional – McLeod Cafeteria and Business Services
McLeod Darlington – Business Office
McLeod Dillon- Business Office

Celebrating Victories

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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.

The McLeod Children's Hospital staff, miracle children and their families, and WBTW TV13 celebrate the conclusion of a sucessful 2009 broadcast.

The McLeod Children's Hospital staff, miracle children and their families, and WBTW TV13 celebrate the conclusion of a sucessful 2009 broadcast.

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.