Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation celebrates the purchase of four new birthing beds and three new monitors for Women’s Health & Birthing Centre (WHBC) at BUH. These purchases were funded through the 2019 / 2020 capital campaign, “Ready. Set. Baby!” that recently reached its fundraising goal.
“The ‘Ready. Set. Baby!’ campaign was started last September and BUHF is pleased to announce its official completion as it has reached the goal to purchase new equipment for the mothers and babies that are born at BUH. The mission of BUH Foundation is to enrich patient care and with the support of The Battlefords and surrounding communities we are pleased to announce that once again, this has been done,” said Claudette McGuire, BUH Foundation executive director.
There are approximately 500 babies born at BUH each year and a comfortable and safe delivery is important to the medical team. The four new, specialized birthing beds will replace the previous beds that have reached their end of life. The birthing beds are designed to support mothers, babies and medical staff during the sometimes unpredictable delivery process. They can be configured to meet the patients’ needs, often times at very critical points in delivery. The beds are standardized so any one can be transitioned safely and efficiently, while maximizing valuable time.
The three new monitors, one with cableless technology, are replacement units for those that require updating due to new technology. All monitors can track the mother’s and baby’s heart rates separately, enhancing diagnostic confidence. This is critical to making informed decisions in a timely manner that can assist in early intervention to keep babies safe. The cable-less monitor is new technology for BUH and provides freedom of movement for mothers during labour, which can ease discomfort. The beds and monitors are all designed to allow medical staff to focus on the patient, not the equipment, so they can provide the best care possible.
“We are all just so excited and all looking forward to working with this new technology and to care for our patients, so that we can deliver safe patient care. The new technology will allow us, the nursing staff to take better care of the patient in labour, in a safe manner. It will also make the experience for the mom in labour more comfortable and less restrictive. Thank you for providing this equipment,” said Lynette Van Der Merwe, R.N., Nurse Manager Women’s Health & Birthing Centre.
“Ready. Set. Baby!” capital campaign had a fundraising goal of $164,000. Along with the generous donations from individuals and through the sale of JR’s Designer Birdhouses, this goal was reached through the significant fundraising efforts and contributions from the following: Battlefords Ukrainian Senior Citizens; BATC Community Development Corporation; Discovery Co-op “Sip, Sparkle & Shop”; Stromberg Family Fund; North Battleford Lions Club; Meota Musical Productions; “Rock & Rattle” fundraiser; Kiwanis Club of The Battlefords; BUH Housekeeping; Nico Hawryliw Fund of Battlefords & District Community Foundation; and Historic Battlefords Lions Club.