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Children’s Miracle Network hands out $65,000 in grants


Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center awarded $65,593.54 in capital grants to eight local hospitals and a health care organization to further enhance treatment of pediatric patients.

Grants ranged from about $3,000 to $10,000, and were funded from various CMN events and sponsorship from community businesses, according to CMN development manager Morgan O’Brien Bocciolatt.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, will use its $10,000 award to purchase a pediatric ultrasound transducer and ultrasound probe for neonatal head, pediatric abdomen, pediatric hip, renal, and pelvic imaging. A $10,000 grant to E.J. Noble Hospital, Gouverneur, will purchase a pediatric glidescope for intubation of the hospital’s youngest patients.

“At E. J. Noble in Gouverneur, we have one glidescope currently, that’s shared between the emergency room and operating room,” said Deanna L. Page, E.J. Noble’s interim chief operating officer and Canton-Potsdam’s vice president for clinical services.

Stacie M. Woodward, director of imaging services for Canton-Potsdam, said that if a patient is in a critical situation, minutes and seconds count.

“You’re trying to visualize vocal cords in a teeny, tiny space,” she said, regarding pediatric patients.

Meanwhile, Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Julia R. Rose said a $2,982 grant will be used to educate medical providers on how to help pediatric patients on the autism spectrum.

“I’m a mother of a child on the spectrum,” she said. “Change of normal routine is an issue. Senses, feelings, smells of things — if you’re in a hospital, imagine what that’s like as a patient.”

X-ray technicians, phlebotomists, nurses, physicians, first responders and local law enforcement officials, through additional support from the foundation, will receive the “Autism Alert” training in the spring.

Other awards are:

n $10,000 to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, for an infant warmer.

n $10,000 to Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, for an isolette, to provide high performance thermoregulation for newborns.

n $9,971.54 to the North Country Family Health Center, Watertown, for equipment upgrades.

n $6,725 to Carthage Area Hospital, Carthage, for a light therapy systems for newborns.

n $5,915 to River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, for a surgical headlight system.

According to a CMN news release, other agency highlights include: Samaritan received $74,085 in equipment this year, CMN continued its pledge of $90,000 per year to help fund renovations for Samaritan’smaternity and pediatrics units, and the CMN allocations committee approved more than 40 family requests in 2013, totaling $36,588.

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