Their $47,002 gift has already helped to save the lives of premature babies who have been transported safely to the lifesaving care at BC Women’s Hospital’s Newborn ICU. BC Women’s Hospital Foundation and the Infant Transport Team are very pleased to share the following story of how your gift has impacted a little girl in Squamish, B.C.
Pictured with the newly purchased equipment are Infant Transport paramedic, Mike Elliot and Jackie Lee-Son, Executive Director at Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's Foundation.
In late August this year, BC Women’s Infant Transport Team (ITT) was dispatched to Squamish to assess and retrieve a premature baby girl, Emily*. Little Emily had been born nearly two months early, weighing less than 3 and a half pounds, and had been diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome shortly after she was born.
Respiratory Distress Syndrome is a breathing disorder of premature newborns in which the air sacs (alveoli) in a newborn’s lungs do not remain open because the production of a substance that coats the alveoli (surfactant) is absent or insufficient. The more premature the newborn, the less surfactant is available, and the greater the likelihood that Respiratory Distress Syndrome will develop after birth. Treatment with endotracheal intubation can cause pain and complications, and without treatment, the syndrome may cause brain damage or even death.
When the Team showed up, Emily had already been placed on non-invasive respiratory support at her home hospital, but her oxygen requirements were increasing. For the ambulance journey to BC Women’s, the Team elected to use non-invasive respiratory support with the Cross-Vent Ventilator.
Often babies in respiratory distress require an invasive artificial breathing tube (intubation) to keep the lungs open, but in this case intubation was avoided because the Cross-Vent was capable of providing the gentler option of continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) ventilation. With the older model of transport ventilator, this non-invasive method would not have been an option.
Emily was transported safely to BC Women’s Hospital’s Newborn ICU where she was then transferred seamlessly from the ITT to the level 3+ neonatal care offered at BC Women’s. Within 12 hours Emily was able to breathe on her own, her early respiratory distress resolved thanks to state-of-the-art technology and a world class team of experts.
We'd like to extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation for their support of this neonatal transport equipment which is literally saving the lives of babies from across the province.
When a baby is unable to breathe on its own, every second is a matter of life and death.
The new Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC) housing BC Women’s state-of-the-art Neonatal ICU opened its doors just six months ago. With 1,100 of the tiniest patients in western Canada given extra care at this facility each year, the new Newborn ICU features 70 private rooms designed for tiny patients and their families. 10 of these special rooms will actually allow mothers to receive care alongside their newborns – the first in North America (and only second in the world) to completely redesign the model of care.
It is estimated that up to 40% of these critically-ill patients will need a breathing tube during their stay. Insertion of a breathing tube is potentially traumatic, and even more so when the newborn has tiny and delicate air passageways. But ground-breaking advancements in respiratory care and donor support, have allowed BC Women’s to acquire a cutting-edge Video Laryngoscope system.
Video laryngoscopes have fiber optic camera lenses built into their light source, allowing for the neonatologist to “see around the corner” and quickly guide a breathing tube into even the most fragile babies. This allows neonatologists like Dr. Deepak Manhas to perform intubations in the gentlest manner possible.
“I am so thrilled to introduce this state-of-the-art video laryngoscope system to our team here at BC Women’s. We’ve seen truly revolutionary improvements to the specialized care we’re overseeing as neonatologists in the new NICU, and this is one key piece of that puzzle.” - Dr. Deepak Manhas, Clinical Neonatologist, BC Women’s Hospital
A streamlined continuum of the highest quality care possible is the goal of BC Women’s Neonatal ICU, and made possible in-part by TB Vets, who have been arming frontline medical heroes through philanthropy since 1946.”
“Every second in the NICU is a matter of life and death, and this new system will not only advance the care of our future leaders of medicine, but it will ultimately save lives right here, right now.” - Dr. Deepak Manhas, Clinical Neonatologist, BC Women’s Hospital
Together with TB Vets, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation is taking this World TB Day to reflect on progress made, and continuing to pave the way to a new era of excellence in Neonatal Care.
BC Women’s Peer Support Groups evolved out of a clearly defined need to offer women living with HIV/AIDS their own safe space to connect and share knowledge. While there are a variety of support groups for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, there are no longer any other peer support groups that are offered solely for women. Having a woman-only space to discuss difficult and triggering topics is critically important for many women living with HIV, especially those who have had experiences of trauma and abuse.
Through MAC AIDS Fund support for the Peer Support Groups, BC Women’s is able to actively engage women who are most at risk of falling through the cracks in the health system. HIV+ women living in BC are fortunate to have access to free ART medication, and through the Peer Support Groups, we can ensure that all women get the support they need to stay on track with their medication. They are a space where women can obtain medical information as well as knowledge about helpful community resources from social housing to education to food supports.
The Peer Support Groups help to reinforce for women living with HIV/AIDS that their lives matter and their well-being is important. The friendships that develop within the safety of the group meetings are often the only relationships with other HIV+ individuals that many women have, and they provide an incredibly valuable source of support.
Thank you MAC AIDS Fund for your vital support of the only Peer Support Groups to exclusively serve women living with HIV/AIDS in BC!
We are very excited to announce BC Women’s Hospital’s new Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic patient orientation video is now available online. This valuable resource was produced in partnership with Pacific Blue Cross thanks to a $17,730 gift.
Many patients at BC Women’s Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic are first-time moms who may be unaware of how living with a chronic disease will affect them during and after their pregnancy. The Clinic team works to provide these women with all of the information they need to achieve optimal health outcomes for themselves and their unborn babies.
The Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic at BC Women’s provides specialized and personalized multi-disciplinary patient care for women with type 1, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and women who are at risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy. A broad range of specialists see these patients both before and after pregnancy including endocrinologists, nurse educators, dietitians, physiotherapists, and a social worker.
Women will learn about the video before coming into the Clinic so that they can review the services and care they will be receiving from the comfort of their own home. The video provides a comprehensive summary of what to expect at the Clinic, and is available in English and also in three of the most common languages spoken by ESL patients: Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
We see immense value in a partnership between BC Women’s and Pacific Blue Cross, two leaders in health, who by working together improve the wellness of communities all across the province.
For more information and to see the orientation video, visit the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic webpage here.
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It is through dedication like the Auxiliary that the most urgent needs of BC Women’s Hospital can be supported. In 2018, the Auxiliary donation will go toward four essential projects that allow BC Women’s to provide cutting edge medical care. A portion of their gift will help train our future health leaders through the purchase of a Premature Anne simulation mannequin. This innovative technology, which includes a congenital anomalie kit and twin pack, will improve the quality of care for premature and sick newborns across BC and the Yukon. The donation to the Simulation Program at BC Women’s Hospital this year will allow neonatologists like Dr. Deepak Manhas to impart their knowledge and skills to the next generation of specialists.
“I am so thrilled with this support! This mannequin is the perfect device for teaching residents how to effectively deal with neonates experiencing rare and difficult resuscitation conditions. It really is a life saver. Thank you so much!"
In addition, the Auxiliary has allowed BC Women’s to purchase a new Bladder Scanner – this is good news for new moms! By proactively diagnosing incontinence issues with a Bladder Scanner before mom and baby go home doctors can refer women quickly to appropriate treatment, such as physiotherapy when needed. Early diagnosis can save a woman from months of discomfort, embarrassment and pain and improves her health outcomes.
Finally, this funding will also support unique BC Women’s programs like the Prenatal Emergency Support Fund and WHRI Endowment Fund. Through the WHRI Endowment Fund, world-class women’s health research is facilitated in an ongoing manner. Through the Prenatal Emergency Fund, financially stressed pregnant women get the financial support they need to attend their medical appointments. For women from smaller communities, this support for accommodation and meals can be a god send, and helps to ensure the best outcomes for women and their newborns.
Thank you, Auxiliary for once again making a generous donation that will help to improve the health and well-being of women and newborns!
Thanks to Hylcan, newborn care specialists will be able to quickly and effectively treat jaundice – a condition caused by bilirubin, a yellowish substance that forms as red blood cells break down. Normally removed by the liver, premature babies often have underdeveloped livers not mature enough to remove bilirubin on their own. If left untreated, jaundice can lead to hearing loss, vision problems, dental problems, brain damage and cerebral palsy.
You too can help the 80% of premature babies that experience jaundice, please donate today!
Breast milk has been linked to amazing health benefits for all babies. Newborns who receive breast milk spend less time in the hospital and have less chance of being readmitted to the hospital in their first year of life. They are also less likely to develop health conditions like diabetes and asthma when they are older. For a variety of reasons, many babies have difficulty breast feeding on their own, especially after hospitalization. For moms who need to go back to work but want to continue to provide breastmilk, for partners who want to help feed, or for women with a low milk supply, a pump is an absolute must.
While essential, these pumps are expensive and many lower income families cannot afford them. Over the past year Variety’s ongoing support has given babies the nourishment they need to grow into healthy children. Thanks to this vital support, families no longer have to wait up to two weeks to receive a breast pump. Pumps are on hand to immediately provide families with the equipment they need.
You too can help provide better long-term health outcomes for women and newborns across BC. Please give today!
The loss of a child seems unimaginable until it happens. How can a parent possibly navigate the grief of losing a baby?
Grieving is a journey of many steps, and many different paths. For some parents, an important part of this process is finding a way to honour their baby’s memory and ensure it lives on.
For one BC Women’s donor, this is the inspiration behind his unique method of giving back. Matthew (alias name to respect anonymity) and his family feel fortunate to have three healthy children who were born at BC Women’s Hospital. Each of their children has their own tile among the many that cover the walls of the Hospital, and their stories are just a few of the many represented along the hallways. While his kids love visiting their tiles, the family is always moved by the tiles dedicated in memory of a lost little one. Seeing these tiles gave them an idea for a way to make a difference.
Each year, Matthew donates to BC Women’s Hospital Foundation so that some of these families who do not have the means can be gifted with a tile in memory of their baby. The tiles live on the Hospital’s walls.
“We find that donating tiles each year for less fortunate families who have suffered an unimaginable loss is a way for us to help the memory of that child live on, while also providing an avenue for us to continue to support the hospital.” - Matthew
In the four years since Matthew began giving back in this way, this generous gesture has grown beyond his annual gift. Two donors, inspired by this family’s generosity, have paid it forward with their own donations for tiles to be gifted to families dealing with loss.
The memory of these children lives on, in the minds of their family and friends – and now in each patient, nurse, or visitor who stops along BC Women’s hallways to look at their tiles. They are remembered, and they are loved.
RBC Foundation’s support for BC Women’s Hospital spans over 20 years. Since then, they have been leaders in their commitment to improving women’s health and towards giving the sickest, smallest patients the best chance for optimal development. The latest instalment towards a $400,000 gift contributed to purchasing another much-needed piece of equipment—the BrainZ Monitor. This specially designed neonatal monitor will help to support better long-term health outcomes for newborns across BC.
RBC has helped BC Women’s to achieve our goal of equipping the state-of-the-art newly opened Neonatal ICU with enough monitors so that not one single premature infant needing brain monitoring goes without this vital technology.
Research shows that without the information provided by the BrainZ Monitor, doctors and nurses only identify 9% of seizures which occur in premature babies. With the right equipment and technology, these risks can be eliminated and families can feel reassured.
One patient, Michelle, thinks back to July 2013 when her daughter Savanna was born at Royal Columbian Hospital…
The delivery was difficult one. Savannah was immediately admitted to Royal Columbian’s NICU as she had meconium aspiration (a complication where the newborn inhales stool-stained amniotic fluid) and shoulder dystocia (a complication during labour when the shoulders cannot pass below) but she required further specialized care. BC Women’s Dr. Kevin Ansah came directly to Royal Columbian Hospital with the infant transport team, induced Savanna into a coma and brought her to BC Women’s NICU.
Once at BC Women’s, little Savanna needed the BrainZ Monitor to watch for any seizure activity. The next six weeks were very difficult as Savanna required multiple blood transfusions, suffered organ failure and a brain bleed due to oxygen deprivation during birth. Once she left the Hospital, Savanna required ongoing care from the infant development team due to her low muscle tone.
Although she had a challenging start to her life, the specialized care Savanna received at BC Women’s ensured that she would continue to grow up strong. Now Savanna is a happy and healthy four-year-old, and her difficult start in life has had no impact on her today.
Michelle shares, “Nobody thinks their baby will end up very sick but if you do have to go through this experience, you are at the very best place you could possibly be. Without this hospital, we would not have our daughter with us today”.
Thanks to RBC Foundation’s support, this family and many others don’t have to worry about what life would be like if this critical lifesaving technology was not available to them. BC Women’s Hospital Foundation and the Neonatal ICU staff are deeply grateful for their contribution to making a difference in the well-being of families across BC.
To that end, ZLC has committed itself to helping to make our community a healthier place by donating proceeds from the ZLC Foundation Golf Tournament for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to BC Women’s Newborn ICU, to ensure our babies have access to the life-saving equipment and technology they so desperately need.
This year the ZLC Foundation Charity Golf Tournament raised a remarkable $75,000 to help our newborns.
Pictured is Mark Zlotnik and our CEO Laurie Clarke celebrating this generous gift.
Having lived with ME since the age of six, Jacqueline knows firsthand the impact this illness has and how devastating it can be. Her event raised an impressive $10,000 for this important program at BC Women's Hospital.
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Our grandson, Matteo, was born at 33 weeks. Although he was premature, he was quite a big baby, yet he struggled to breathe. It was a mystery. No one knew why Matteo had such a difficult time breathing on his own. BC Women’s Newborn ICU doctors put him on a SiPAP respiratory machine at night to help him breathe. After spending four months in the Newborn ICU he finally began to thrive. The care he received was amazing. While Matteo was at BC Women’s Newborn ICU I noticed they didn’t have enough reclining breastfeeding chairs. Everyone in our circle knew Matteo’s story, so I decided to ask for their help to raise money for a special chair. My family and friends are not wealthy, but within a week I had almost $4,000, which we gave to BC Women’s to buy a chair and some breastfeeding pillows. I’m just so grateful. You know, having children is awesome, but having grandchildren is amazing!
Written by Ann Collette. Photography by Brian Howell
This local family has provided visionary support for our hospital for the past 25 years. When we asked the Diamonds for help with the Newborn Intensive Care Unit Campaign, they did not hesitate.
The Diamonds’ inaugural $3 million donation set the pace for others. As leadership donors, they are helping BC Women’s achieve its vision to be a global leader in the provision of world-class care for critically ill newborns.
The funds raised through the Newborn NICU Campaign have enabled BC Women’s to transform the unit into four neighbourhoods – each is designed to meet the special needs of babies and their families, and each has its own dedicated care team.
The Diamond Family NICU Neighbourhood is designed and equipped for the high-risk, critically ill babies from across the province that need the most advanced neonatal care. Thanks to the Diamond family, this neighbourhood will offer the latest in respiratory support and other life-sustaining equipment in an environment that supports the whole family.
Since 1989, the Diamond family has provided generous funding support for many programs and special initiatives at BC Women’s. Our patients and families have benefited from their caring and meaningful support. Their significant investment in our hospital has also inspired others to give. BC Women’s is fortunate to count the Diamonds as long-time friends.
Dedicated to the health of each of their communities, these committed pharmacists raised funds for the fifth year to help women and families cared for at BC Women's Hospital.
“The success of the Campaign can be attributed to the support and commitment of our loyal customers and staff,” said Zahir Jiwa, Associate-owner, Shoppers Drug Mart.
This year they raised a remarkable $46,589! Thank you Shoppers Drug Mart for you long-standing support of our patients and for being a leader in our community!
Here are the Shoppers Drug Mart stores that participated in this year's fundraiser!
Nemanja Filipovic (Granville / Robson Prescriptions)
Cindy Ho - Yaletown
Robert Ho - Dunbar
Zahir Jiwa - Kingsgate Mall
Amandeep Khun-Khun - Granville + 13th / University Blvd
Anoop Khurana - Hastings + Slocan
Dan Kooner - The Hub / Fred’s Pharmacy / East Vancouver Medical
Nathen Kuriyama - Broadway + Carnarvon
Art Lam - Thunderbird Village
Serena Lam - Kerrisdale
Davrin Lee-Sun - 4th + Vine
Robson Liu - Fraser Street
Rashin Mandegarian -The Ritz
Philip Mang - Broadway + Burrard
Alykhan Naushad Prebtani - Marine Dr. West Vancouver
James Ng - Broadway
Hitesh Patel -Fraser Street
Gennette Ret - Liberty Building – Seymour St
Sahar Ziaei -El Dorado
Variety has made another generous gift in support to the Newborn ICU. This visionary gift will enable us to purchase 16 Giraffe Omnibed incubators - the leading-edge in incubator technology for the smallest, most critically-ill babies in BC. Thank you to Variety for their long-standing support and partnership for the last 20 years.