The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital (HFCH) at Cabell Huntington Hospital has purchased a transport incubator through a $40,000 grant from Brave Beginnings, a program created by the Will Rogers Institute. HFCH is the only hospital in West Virginia awarded funds through the foundation.
Transporting preterm or ill infants requires equipment to maintain air quality and temperature to prevent hypothermia and other adverse effects while in route to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The use of a transport incubator provides sufficient insulation and/or additional heat and provides protection from outside conditions that could interfere with healing and development.
“We are so thankful for this grant,” said Melanie Akers, director of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. “This vital piece of equipment will ensure that critically ill and premature infants continue to be transported safely.”
Brave Beginnings is a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation working to ensure ventilators and vital neonatal equipment is always available to newborns in critical need. Brave Beginnings has contributed millions of dollars to facilities across the United States. Each year, the program spends roughly $1 million in grants awarded to hospitals nationwide. The funds are used to purchase vital equipment for Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) to care for fragile lives born too soon.