Kadlec receives $50,000 grant for medical care for premature newborns

Kadlec receives $50,000 grant for medical care for premature newborns

Kadlec Medical Center received a $50,000 grant to go toward medical care for newborns.

The grant was awarded by The Beverly J. Jewell Memorial Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit, earlier this month. The money will help fund a more than $126,000 project to purchase five new infant beds, three OmniBeds with hoods and two radiant warmers.

“The beds are necessary in the first 30 days of a preemie’s stay for temperature, humidity and sound control as premature infants are not able to adequately acclimatize to the natural environment,” Kadlec said in a news release.

The beds also have monitoring equipment, make patient transfer easier, have an in-bed scale and a specialized mattress; all of which make it easier to access and treat the infant – ultimately making the stay safer and more comfortable for the patient and family.

The hospital partnered with the Kadlec Foundation in seeking donor and grant support for the equipment in the area’s only level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Kadlec and Kadlec Foundation are extremely grateful to The Beverly J. Jewell Memorial Foundation for their support of providing the best care for our area’s tiniest patients,” the news release said.

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