St. Vincent Awarded WRI Neonatal Grant

(LITTLE ROCK, AR.) – St. Vincent requested and received a grant of $40,000 from the Will Rogers Institute. The grant was used to purchase four isolettes, which are self-contained incubator units that provide a microenvironment that is heat, humidity and oxygen controlled, for the isolation and care of premature and low-birth weight babies. The units are being used in the St. Vincent NICU. This is the first time St. Vincent Foundation has received funds from WRI; and we are delighted about our new partnership,” said Leanna Wall, Director of Major & Planned Gifts, St. Vincent Foundation. 

“The isolettes are so vital to the health and recovery of babies who are born prematurely or who have other health problems at birth and need a protected environment,” said Jennifer Bowe, BSN, RNC-NIC

Nurse Manager NICU/MBU. A baby who is relatively stable, but still premature or requires intravenous fluids or other special attention, is cared for in an isolette away from noise, drafts, infection and excess handling. Double wall construction keeps temperatures inside the isolette stable even if the doors of the unit are open. Clear walls allow full visibility at all times. The caregiver and family members have easy access to the baby through all sides of the isolette and its portholes.

St. Vincent Health System, founded in 1888, is one of Arkansas' leading health systems. St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, an acute care facility, licensed for 615 beds, located in Little Rock, serves as the hub of the health system. Other St. Vincent hospitals include St. Vincent North, licensed for 69 beds, in Sherwood; and St. Vincent Morrilton, a critical access hospital in Morrilton, licensed for 25 beds. The system also includes a network of primary care clinics and affiliations with more than 650 physicians. St. Vincent is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, CO. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies.

Photo: Jenny Bowe, RNC-NIC and Nurse Manager of St. Vincent NICU, Dr. Terrance Zuerlein, NICU Medical Director, Cindy Moore, RNC-NIC, Wade Taylor, RNC-NIC, Brenda Hand, RNC-NIC

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