King’s Daughters Newborn Intensive Care Unit has received a $41,500
grant to purchase a specialized bed to care for premature infants from
Brave Beginnings, a program of the Will Rogers Institute.
The Giraffe Omnibed pairs an incubator and radiant warmer, creating a healing
environment for premies. A special curtain protects the baby from heat
loss when the incubator is opened while airflow through double walls maintains
a constant temperature. The radiant warmer provides steady heating for
the baby, regardless of the baby’s position.
The bed includes an integrated scale, which allows quick and accurate
measurement of the infant’s weight.
“This amazing bed allows us to give the best care for infants in
an environment that maintains their temperature and allows them to grow,”said
neonatologist Ramon Ymalay, M.D.
Prior to receiving the grant, King’s Daughters rented the specialized
bed on an as-needed basis. Having the bed immediately available for premature
infants is a great benefit to the baby, family and care providers.
King’s Daughters was selected to receive the competitive grant based
on need. Those who contributed to the successful grant application on
behalf of KDMC included:
- Laura Patrick, Community Relations
- Ramon Ymalay, M.D., neonatology
- Deedra Keller, NICU clinician
- NICU nursing team
Brave Beginnings helps hospitals across the U.S. acquire new neonatal equipment,
such as the Ominbed, infant resuscitators, incubators, and critical airway
carts. To date, Brave Beginnings has provided more than $3.9 million in
grants to 78 medical facilities.