The road to recovery just got smoother for premature and critically ill newborn babies in our area. Today, the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital unveiled their new "Care For Babies" transport vehicle for the hospital's Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The NICU transport vehicle is a gift to USA Children's & Women's Hospital from the Alabama Forestry Association and the Loggers Council through their Log A Load For Kids program.
The transport vehicle is a mobile, mini-NICU, providing life support to fragile babies during emergency ambulance transport to USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Some 900 babies are admitted to the hospital's NICU every year. A Level III NICU, it offers the most advanced care for premature and critically ill newborns.
The Children's & Women's NICU Transport Team is a highly specialized, multi-disciplinary team including a nurse and a respiratory therapist under the supervision of a neonatologist.
Dr. Fabien Eyal, medical director of the NICU at Children's & Women's, explained the impact of the new vehicle for this area. "This new vehicle will allow us to quickly transport our neonatal intensive care unit to the sick baby in the community hospital and to provide continuous care while the baby is transported back to our NICU." Eyal is also director of the USA division of neonatology and Louise Lenoir Locke professor of neonatology in the USA College of Medicine.
The Alabama Forestry Association and Loggers Council, through Log A Load For Kids, have a history of support for USA Children's & Women's Hospital. They previously donated the hospital's "Care For Kids" pediatric intensive care unit transport vehicle, which brings critically ill and injured children from other hospitals to Children's & Women's, and "Rosie Timbers," a robot that delivers lab work throughout the hospital.
"Log A Load For Kids helps assure the health and well-being of our children, and demonstrates the commitment of Alabama's loggers and their forest products industry partners to supporting this community," said Richard Quina of the Log A Load For Kids Longleaf District.
"For many years, the Alabama Forestry Association and the Loggers Council, through Log A Load For Kids, have stepped forward on behalf of our children," said Dr. Joseph Busta, vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of South Alabama. "This significant donation once again demonstrates their level of care for the children and communities of our region served by USA Children's & Women's Hospital."
Dr. Becky DeVillier, administrator for USA Children's & Women's Hospital, said, "We are grateful for our relationship with the Alabama Forestry Association and the Loggers Council. Through Log A Load For Kids, they continue to make generous investments in the lives of our children."
For more information on USA Children's & Women's Hospital, please visit www.southalabama.edu/usacwh. For more information about Log A Load For Kids, please visit www.alaforestry.org and click on Log A Load For Kids.