The Checkup Fall Newsletter 2018 - Page 2

Special Care Nursery Project Complete Donations to the Northern Lights Health Foundation have enabled the creation of a new and much larger, Special Care Nursery with two emergency areas for treating newborns and a direct connection through Telehealth to specialists at the Stollery Hospital. This “new” baby project was delivered on time and on budget! The Maternal Child unit of the Northern Lights Health Centre is a site for the NICU Telehealth unit in conjunction with the Stollery Hospital NICU in Edmonton. Most infants born at the health center only need the love and attention of their nursing staff and parents however; some newborns require serious medical interventions. The Special Care Nursery provides Level 1 newborn care. This means that the health care team can provide care for babies who are born as early as 35 weeks gestation, and who require extra supports including respiratory (breathing) support, intravenous (IV) therapy, and other types of specialized newborn care. The nursery is also used to connect with the Stollery medical staff and enhances the ability of the Stollery to triage referrals and deploy their transport team only when deemed medically appropriate. Having visual access to the newborns through Telehealth allows the Stollery NICU staff to remotely monitor the on-going care of the newborn, which in turn can reduce the number of infant transfers. One of the goals of the Alberta Health Services and the Northern Lights Health Foundation is to support as much care in local communities as possible. Your donations to the Health Foundation mean that more newborns can be treated locally with less stress to the infants and their parents. 2 FALL 2018 | THE CHECKUP