Golf Invitational Proceeds Will Help Newborn Care Soar
South Bend, Ind.— As the area’s only designated children’s hospital, people look to Memorial Children’s Hospital as a symbol of hope for the most vulnerable members of our community. It is regarded as a safe, respected and nurturing place that makes this a better place for everyone. And, we are comforted knowing that if our own child ever needed emergency or specialized care, that Memorial Children’s Hospital was ready at a moment’s notice.
The first faces these families see is often the expert and loving care of the Pediatric Emergency Transport Team (PETs). In fact, PETs carries more than 475 infants from 22 referring hospitals in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan every year. This year, funds raised through the Four Winds Invitational will go toward the purchase of a neonatal incubator transport unit for Memorial Hospital’s MedFlight Helicopter.
The incubator will allow Memorial’s Pediatric Emergency Transport Team to replicate the sterile and controlled environment of the hospital, which is vitally important for premature infants in particular. “Premature infants’ immune systems are often undeveloped, leading to a high risk of infection,” says Diane Freel, Director of Memorial Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit. “This incubator is one of the most important pieces of equipment available for the care of premature babies and will be lifesaving to many.”
“We continue to be amazed by the generosity of everyone associated with the Four Winds Invitational,” says Kellie Porter, Vice President, Memorial Health Foundation. “With the compassion and support of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Blackthorn Golf Course, and everyone who supports the Four Winds Invitational across our community, together we are helping to ensure the healthiest possible start for children.”