Westman Dreams For Kids and George Sheard, owner of McDonald’s Restaurants in Brandon and Neepawa, recently donated $39,300 to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation.
The donation is the result of proceeds from the Westman Dreams for Kids/McDonald’s Classic Golf Tournament and will be used to purchase equipment for the hospital’s mother and baby unit and the Child and Adolescent Treatment Centre.
That equipment includes a transport monitor to monitor fetal heart rates while sending mothers to the surgical suite for emergency Caesarean sections, two BiliSoft phototherapy units to treat jaundiced newborns, and a laptop and projector for educational purposes at the CATC.
"The transport fetal monitor is a welcome addition to the maternity unit," said JoAnn Turner, maternal-child manager at the hospital.
"Prior to receiving the transport monitor, monitoring a fetal heart rate continuously while sending the mother to the surgical suite for an emergency C-section required the use of a large fetal monitor on a mobile cart. Now, maternity staff are able to place this smaller monitor on the end of the bed, making transport much easier and safer for everyone."
Jaundiced babies require phototherapy to reduce high levels of bilirubin and the hospital’s phototherapy systems are in need of replacement.
"Thanks to this donation from Westman Dreams for Kids, we are able to purchase two BiliSoft units and their stands and are able to continue to provide safe care for our jaundiced newborn babies," Turner said.
Susan Stoetzel, board president of Westman Dreams for Kids, said they couldn’t be happier with their partnership with McDonald’s.
"Their generosity enables the funding of this equipment," she said. "The health of our babies in western Manitoba is of vital importance to Dreams for Kids."