Children's Hospital needs your help to win a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation's Associate Choice Program. If we win, we plan to use the grant to help our youngest patients - sick newborns traveling to our neonatal intensive care unit. Do you shop at Walmart or Sam's Club? Do you know an employee there? If so, you can help.
About the contest
Children's Hospital is competing against four other organizations for the votes of Missouri Walmart and Sam's Club employees. The organization that receives the most votes from Walmart and Sam's Club associates by Saturday, Aug. 6, wins the contest. Only Walmart and Sam's Club employees can vote in the contest, but you can help by telling them about Children's Hospital.
How can you help
At Children's Hospital, we believe every child deserves the best medical care. Every kid deserves to grow up healthy to fulfill his or her dreams. Please tell your friends and family who work at Walmart and Sam's Club about Children's Hospital, and encourage them to vote for us. Their votes - and your help - can help us care for kids when they need it most. Please read more below to learn about Children's Hospital and how the grant can help kids.
About Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital is conveniently located in Columbia - right in the middle of the state. That's important because Children's Hospital takes care of kids from every county in Missouri. In 2010, we admitted 4,150 patients to Children's Hospital, and we counted more than 45,000 visits to our clinics.
Our physicians, nurses and other staff at Children's Hospital are proud of the work they do. After all, we provide the most comprehensive pediatric care in mid-Missouri. Children's Hospital also recently moved into a new home at MU Women's and Children's Hospital, with more than 100 hospital beds dedicated to our children.
To see some of our patients and hear their stories, please visit http://muhealth.org/walmartfoundationsassociateschoiceprogram.
How winning the contest can help kids
Because Children's Hospital cares for some very sick kids, transporting them here quickly can be a critical part of their care. Many of those patients are newborn babies needing care in our Level III neonatal intensive care unit. En route to the hospital, these babies need life-saving medical equipment and health care professionals who can care for them. To accomplish that, we transport babies to our hospital using a medical helicopter or ambulance.
If Children's Hospital wins the Walmart Foundation Associate Choice Program, we will use the funds to help purchase a neonate isolette. A neonate isolette is used like a portable intensive care unit, allowing our pediatric transportation team to provide high-level care to infants until they can be safely transferred to Children's Hospital's newborn intensive care unit.
An isolette provides a warm, safe environment for a baby, with a built-in ventilator to help babies breathe air or pure oxygen, and it has equipment to allow babies to breathe a special gas called nitric oxide, which helps treat babies with lung problems. Some premature babies need this because their lungs are not yet fully formed. It also has technology to monitor a baby's heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure and oxygen level.
This new newborn isolette would help us care for our youngest patients. When minutes - even seconds - count, the availability of important medical equipment like this isolette makes all the difference.