FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare purchased several key pieces of medical equipment to help with pediatric trauma patient care, thanks to grant funds.
The funds were used to purchase two baby scales, a cardiac monitor and thermometers for patient rooms in the emergency departments at NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.
The grant for the equipment was partially funded by the Solano Community Foundation’s Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Fund. NorthBay Healthcare Foundation made up the balance, with money raised during NorthBay Guild’s Golf & Tennis Classic.
NorthBay Medical Center, recently verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, has the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Solano Count. It cares for as many as 300 critically ill infants a year.
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been designated as the county’s official Level II center and expects to be verified before next summer.
NorthBay also received designation as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.
“NorthBay’s efforts to obtain the EDAP and its ability to treat Solano County’s youngest patients, particularly after trauma, is a good fit with the Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Endowment Fund’s mission of caring for the youth of Solano County,” said Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation in a press release. The NorthBay Healthcare Foundation is the fundraising arm of NorthBay Healthcare.
The equipment will be put to good use, he said.
“Our two emergency departments treated more than 12,400 pediatric patients last year,” Johnson said.
Not every room in the emergency department had all the equipment until now, according to Heather Venizio, registered nurse and trauma program director for NorthBay Healthcare.
“The purchase of these much-needed items greatly enhances the care that NorthBay can provide to children,” she said, in a press release.
With the purchase of an additional cardiac monitor, the emergency department will be able to provide a higher level of care to the smallest of patients, Venizio said.
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