A big thank you to the El Paso Community Foundation for granting $5,000 from the Stern Fund towards the purchase a neonatal crib.
Because of this generous grant and a crowd-funding campaign through generosity.com, FEMAP Foundation has raised $7,228 towards the purchase of five Neonatal Care Cribs which total $29,700.
The expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is part of the Capital Campaign to build a new school of nursing as well a expand and remodel Hospital de la Familia.
We take this opportunity to thank the following generosity.com donors:
Monira Borjas Ann Horak Arvind Singhal
Benson Chacko Eric Jasper Thrive Rehab
El Paso Physical Therapy Dee & Adair Margo Total Orthotic & Prosthetic
Kate Gannon Johnny & Lory Rogers Tamara Hernandez
By making these cribs available, the NICU will have the tools to reduce neonatal mortality rates from 9% to 7.2%. Currently, Hospital de la Familia has 20 cribs and the goal is to grow to 50. Because of its reputation, the Hospital regularly receives transfers and referrals of sick children and high-risk pregnancies from other hospitals in the area. Many of these babies will be born premature or ill, requiring specialized care. Nearly one third of all babies born in Cd. Juarez are delivered at Hospital de la Familia, a non-profit hospital and leader in Maternal/Child Medicine known for providing high-quality health care to the Cd. Juarez region and surrounding areas. The Hospital delivers 14 babies a day, more than 5,100 babies a year. Given the amount of deliveries and referrals, Hospital de la Familia’s capacity to treat the specialized needs of so many babies is constantly tested. The majority of those seeking and receiving care at Hospital de la Famlia live below the poverty level.
Sick babies need specialized care. Neonatal Intensive Care Cribs are designed to deliver health and oxygen if necessary and they are equipped with monitors that help doctors and nurses check heart rates, breathing rates and a baby’s blood-oxygen levels. The beds can be tilted to provide optimal positioning as well.
For 40 years, FEMAP has responded to the healthcare challenges of the community. The Hospital has been operationally self-sufficiently since 1986, meaning that fees paid by patients are enough to cover 100% of the institutions operating costs. As a private non-profit, the Hospital receives no government funding.
We still need $22,472 to reach out goal to purchase the cribs needed. You may donate through www.generosity.com/medical-fundraising or through www.femap.org. We take this opportunity to invite you for a tour of Hospital de la Familia.