Variety donates to Campbell River Hospital Foundation for Fetal Monitor and Neonatal Jaundice Meter

Families with newborn babies in Campbell River and North Vancouver Island will get an extra level of care thanks to support from Variety - The Children's Charity, which recently provided the Campbell River Hospital Foundation with funding to purchase a Neonatal Jaundice Meter and Fetal Monitor for the Maternity Department at Campbell River Hospital. “On average, there are 400 babies born in the Campbell River Hospital and with 566 newborn patient days annually,” states Stacey Marsh, Hospital Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud to work with a partner like Variety - The Children's Charity. Their help makes an enormous difference to Campbell River and North Vancouver Island.” Jaundice is seen in 30-60% of full-term newborns and in nearly all premature infants, and occurs when a baby develops high levels of bilirubin, a byproduct of the normal breakdown of red blood cells.  A jaundice meter shines a light on the baby's skin to measure yellowish skin tones and is capable of replacing visual checks, which are not always accurate.  A Fetal Monitor is used to monitor the baby in uteri as well as during labour, this allows staff to know if labour is progressing normally and if there are any complications and if the baby is in distress.  Because the staff is able to observe with the monitor, they can prepare in a calm organized manner rather than react if a crisis does occur.  “Many families tell us that having a newborn baby can be both a joyful but also stressful experience,” says Bernice Scholten, Executive Director of Variety - The Children’s Charity. “By providing funding for the hospital’s new equipment, we’re standing with the health care team, helping them to deliver the best care possible to their tiniest patients, and alleviating some of the concern for the parents. And Variety will continue to be there for the families for many years after as their child grows.” Variety - The Children's Charity has been helping children who have special needs and their families in communities throughout British Columbia since 1965.  Through their three priorities - Cares, Freedom and Future - Variety provides grants to individuals and organizations for life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment supplies and programs. Variety will host its 6th annual Variety Children’s Radiothon in Courtenay and Campbell River on April 30 and May 1, raising funds to help local families with children who have special needs as well as organizations such as the Campbell River Hospital Foundation. Tune in to 97.3 The Eagle, hear the stories of how your donations make a difference, and be part of the team that gives back to the community.