Watertown, New York ----- In 2017, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center raised $374,988 to benefit local kids in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. CMN is on track to exceed that total in 2018.
As has become CMN’s mantra, 100 percent of the funds raised locally stay locally to help children in a medical crisis and their families. The funds raised are utilized in two important ways:
- Direct Assistance to Families: Of the 170 CMN hospitals in the US and Canada, Samaritan is the only CMN-affiliated hospital that provides direct assistance to families of children facing a medical crisis. This includes assistance with medical bills, reimbursement for travel expenses (mileage, lodging, meals, etc.), and adaptable equipment such as wheelchairs, strollers, etc. The application process is simple and is based on need rather than income.
- Capital Equipment Purchases: When children are hospitalized or need treatment, oftentimes specialized equipment is needed to treat or test children and adolescents. Requests from child-centered areas of Samaritan Medical Center, such as pediatrics, maternity, surgical services, and the emergency department include infant warmers, surgical equipment, fetal monitors and more.
The CMN Allocations Committee meets on a quarterly basis to review requests for assistance from families and capital equipment. The committee comprises representatives from local partners, such as Kinney Drugs, Walmart and Sam’s Club; physicians and staff from Samaritan; and local media partners to include 7News/Fox28/MeTV, WWTI ABC 50 and The Border 106.7.
So far in 2018, a total of $44,165 helped 37 different families with medical expenses; disbursed $100,000 of its ten-year one million dollar pledge to Samaritan’s new Center for Women and Children; and $89,095 in critical pediatric equipment for child-centered areas of the hospital, including:
- “Panda” infant warmer and resuscitation panels to update resuscitation capacity for the Labor and Delivery area and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Equipment for the infant warmer in the C-section operating room on Labor and Delivery to facilitate newborn resuscitation and standardized care
- Individual breast milk warmers and therma-liner bags for safe, temperature-controlled, single- patient use method of defrosting and/or heating expressed breast milk in the NICU
The Allocations Committee meets again on December 12, 2018. Deadline for family assistance applications is November 30, 2018
For more information, contact Kristin LaClair, CMN Development Manager at Samaritan Medical Center, at 315.785.4053 or email@example.com.
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