Soldiers’ Newborns To Receive Support They Need With Help Of The Air Canada Foundation

Photo courtesy of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

The new Panda Bedded Warmers with Resuscitation Units for Soldiers’ Obstetrics Department are going to help give babies born at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital the best possible start thanks to the support from generous donors like the Air Canada Foundation.

The Air Canada Foundation is a registered charitable organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth, offering both financial and in-kind support to Canadian registered charities, like the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The organization aims to help kids reach new heights and this donation will help ensure Soldiers’ youngest patients have the best chance of doing just that. “It’s important that we partner with other charitable organizations who are helping to make a difference in the lives of children and their families across Canada. Contributing directly to the purchase of the new Panda units will allow Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital to provide medical care to more children in need,” says Valerie Durand, Director of the Air Canada Foundation.

The Panda units put all the necessary intervention tools in one place so in case of an emergency, newborns in distress can be monitored consistently while receiving adjustable, immediate life-saving treatment.

“Panda Warmers are critical to our ability to provide care to our smallest and most fragile patients,” said Dr. Michelle Gordon, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Chief of Paediatrics. “They also allow us to keep babies warm and safe while the team has access to them to provide critical life-saving care. They are essential to our ability to provide intensive care to our sick infants, and we are so grateful for the generosity that allows us to have this equipment in our delivery rooms and NICU.”

These units will replace the current outdated setup in the Obstetrics Department and allow Soldiers’ care teams to save valuable seconds when a birth does not go according to plan. The donation from the Air Canada Foundation, along with proceeds from recent fundraising initiatives, will allow Soldiers’ to purchase three of the five Panda Bedded Warmers needed for the Obstetrics Unit.

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