Stryker Stretcher Saves Infants

A new Stryker Transport Stretcher was recently purchased for St. Elizabeth’s Neonatal Transport Team by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This vital piece of equipment was made possible by funds donated by the Bruce Allred Memorial Golf Tournament, Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Wilton P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center. In a press conference on October 3, each group was thanked and given the opportunity to say a few words about their donations.

“Our community has come together to fund equipment that is going to make a difference in the lives of the tiniest people we serve,” said Paul Trevino, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas CEO.

Buzz Brown (left) represented the Bruce Allred Memorial Golf Tournament Committee and thanked Trinity United Methodist Church for sponsoring their tournament as well as their players who participate each year. “We are pleased to be a part of this,” said Brown, “and we know that the players and our sponsors are the ones who make it possible for us to be able to donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

Chip Boyd (right) spoke next representing the Wilton P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center (HWC). He shared how the HWC raised money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a membership drive. They allowed new members to join for a discounted fee and donated 100% of the membership fees they collected. “Within seven days we raised over $12,750 to go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Boyd. “Kudos to the individuals who joined that week.”

Thanks to these generous organizations, St. Elizabeth’s Neonatal Transport Team is able to efficiently “transport critically ill babies who need specialized care,” said Ivy Pate, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation President. The new stretcher uses hydraulics, eliminating the need for our medical to staff to lift all 180 pounds in and out of the ambulance making the transition safer for the infant and our NICU team.

“We saw the importance of this equipment as we transferred our tiniest patients in and out of our hospital during Hurricane Harvey,” said Pate.

The new transport stretcher “couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Kelli Huebel (right), CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth NICU Transport Coordinator, who also spoke at the press conference. In the midst of Hurricane Harvey, “we were able to pick up the phone and – at a moment’s notice – have a ride to get [our] babies where they needed to go.”

“This piece of equipment really did make a big difference during Hurricane Harvey,” said Huebel. “To the people who wanted to help your community, I’ll let you know that you did… So, thank you to everyone who helped purchase this piece of equipment.”

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