As new breakthroughs in medical technology are constantly introduced, grant funding has made many of these advancements possible for Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. “We are so grateful for the partnership and support we have received from funders in the past year,” says Melinda Conway Callahan, President, Crittenton Foundation. “They are helping us realize our mission: to advance programs and services, which saves lives and promotes wellness. Philanthropic support allows Crittenton to pursue new medical technologies and develop partnerships to enhance patient care.”
In July, a local private foundation awarded the Crittenton Foundation a grant in the amount of $35,000 for a Hamilton G5 ventilator and corresponding neonatal equipment. This specific ventilator is used for the respiratory needs of infants with particular application for those that are premature or have low birth weight. “We are so thrilled to receive a grant for a Hamilton G5 ventilator. This innovation is widely used throughout neonatal specialty hospitals across the country. Its capabilities will make a difference in treating the respiratory needs of infants,” says Conway Callahan.
The Crittenton Birthplace delivers approximately 1,200 babies each year, many which are of low birth weight or premature and require specialized ventilator care. With the advancements made possible through the Hamilton G5 ventilator, Crittenton’s talented respiratory staff is able to deliver small-volume breaths to premature babies. This technology, allowing precise, monitored breaths, protects their fragile lungs from the potential damages of over ventilation.
The volume of air contained in a premature infant’s lungs may be as small as 25cc, or about 5 teaspoons. The low volume strategy better allows the lungs to grow and develop as they would if not for their premature birth. “Throughout the baby’s ventilator course, gentle lung care from the minute of birth decreases the chances of asthma, respiratory infections and lung health problems throughout the child’s life,” explains Lesa Bozek, Manager of Respiratory Care at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. “As Respiratory Therapists, there is nothing comparable to knowing that what we do in the first few hours of a patient’s life will ensure a lifetime of healthy lungs. The Hamilton G5 opens up a new era in how we treat babies here at Crittenton,” says Bozek.