Published on July 06, 2016

Altru Health Foundation Receives $50,000 Grant from Brave Beginnings

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from Brave Beginnings for a new Giraffe Omnibed and a Giraffe Shuttle for Altru’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Brave Beginnings is a program of the Will Rogers Institute, and works to ensure ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Currently Altru has seven existing Giraffe Omnibeds, but has the capacity to house 16.  

Since January 2012, over 500 premature babies have been seen in Altru’s NICU. “With such small babies, the challenges are maintaining the standards of hydration, moisture and a stress-free and pain-free environment, especially during procedures,” says Dr. Panda, neonatologist at Altru’s NICU. “The OmniBeds are very helpful and produce good results for those needs. Statistically, it has been shown to shorten the hospital stay and speed up the healing processes, both medically and emotionally.” 

“Altru’s NICU has had a steady increase in the number of micro preemies we serve. Micro preemies are generally classified as infants with a birth weight less than 1lb 12ounces or born before 26 weeks gestation,” explains Amy Zabinski, RN Patient Care Supervisor at Altru Hospital. “These infants have increasing medical needs and are at risk for immediate and on-going health concerns. The Giraffe Omnibed allows us to maintain better thermoregulation for these at risk infants.” 

“I am so thankful for the Will Rogers Institute’s Brave Beginnings program’s gift that makes it possible for us to purchase another Omni Bed and Giraffe Shuttle,” says Jon Green, Executive Director at Altru Health Foundation. “This state-of-the-art equipment enables us to provide the very best care to our smallest patients in their time of need. This equipment provides confidence and peace of mind to mothers and fathers of these tiny babies as we provide care in their early days of life.”

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.