WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Will Rogers Institute for the purchase of two new ventilators. The ventilators are specially-designed for neonatal patients, who often are born with underdeveloped lungs and need mechanical support to survive.
“Adding the latest technology to our already clinically advanced technology will be instrumental to provide high quality care, save more lives and reduce the number of chronic lung complications that these infants can potentially develop,” said Fernando Moya, M.D., director of neonatology at NHRMC’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “The new ventilators purchased with funding from the Will Rogers Foundation are extraordinarily sophisticated and can measure with every breath the amount of air going in and out of the lungs of these small infants.”
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NHRMC averages more than 100 infants requiring assistance from a ventilator each year. Because their lungs are so small at birth, sometimes only the size of a fingertip, precision equipment is required in order to ensure the babies are getting exactly the right amount of air in the lungs. Two similar ventilators were already part of NHRMC’s fleet, but with the growing need, the addition of the new machines is necessary to ensure more babies will be able to get the life-saving treatment they need.
“The lungs of premature babies are predisposed to injury because the babies are born months before they are ready to start breathing air,” said Mary Ellen Bonczek, chief nursing executive at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “These machines are very good at targeting the tiny volumes that premature babies require. We are very grateful to the Will Rogers Institute for their generosity.”About NHRMC’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital:
Opened in summer 2008, 195,000-square-foot Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital on the campus of New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers obstetrical care for routine and high-risk deliveries, welcoming more than 4,000 new lives each year. For babies born premature or critically ill, the hospital is home to a 45-bed, all-private-room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the region's first. The Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital also has the only pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit in the region. Women admitted to the hospital needing gynecological treatment, including for gynecological oncology, are also cared for in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital page
. About the Will Rogers Institute:
The Will Rogers Institute is a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, a film industry-sponsored charity named after the great humanitarian, philanthropist and entertainer, Will Rogers. Originally a hospital for tuberculosis-stricken Vaudevillians, the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital was established in 1936 and became a national training facility for doctors treating patients with tuberculosis. Building on that foundation, the Will Rogers Institute is today a national charitable health program focused on research of debilitating lung disorders, medical school training fellowships, and distribution of free health education materials to the general public. The Institute recently became a national leader in providing life saving neonatal ventilator equipment to hospitals across the country.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 5,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.