An area insurance and financial services company is helping the hospital purchase a specialized retinal camera for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Shawn Klose and Steve Johnson of Co-operators recently presented the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation (NBRHCF) with a $25,000 pledge.
Officials say the equipment captures digital images during retinal exams and helps doctors look for a potentially blinding eye disorder called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which can affect premature infants.
“We are grateful to Shawn and Steve for their help in getting us one step closer to having this specialized equipment available at NBRHC,” says Chantal Gagne, Director Medical & Surgical Programs. “It will ensure that ROP screening is not a barrier to the repatriation of premature babies who are receiving care at tertiary hospitals. We are always focused on providing care closest to home, keeping families together during these stressful life events.”
The estimated cost of the camera is more than $150,000.
“We are very excited to be able to help and contribute to this new equipment which will allow our hospital to perform the care our community requires,” says Klose and Johnson. “Our link to the community is strong, and we want all parents to have the ability to be at home with their children during those first impactful months of life.”
The foundation says medical equipment purchases are made possible through a partnership between the government, hospital and community partners.