UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Foundation received a $19,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to purchase a state-of-the-art GE Panda iRes bed warmer for St. Luke’s Hospital Birth Care Center. A bed warmer is an open bed with radiant heat. It allows the medical team to safely assess and evaluate the baby after birth, while keeping the baby warm and safe. The bed warmers are also equipped with resuscitation equipment for emergencies.
“As Cedar Rapids’ baby hospital – we care for about 80 percent of the babies born in the community because of this, it’s essential we are equipped with the most advanced equipment,” said Diane Seelau, director of St. Luke’s Nassif Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. “This generous gift from Variety – the Children’s Charity will benefit babies, their families and our medical teams.”
In 2020, St. Luke’s Birth Care Center team members cared for more than 250 neonatal babies and delivered 2,323 babies. St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health has been recognized from a state and national level for its dedication to provide the highest level of care for babies and families.
About UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital®
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital is a fully accredited 532-bed hospital serving a five-county area surrounding Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Founded in 1884 as Cedar Rapids’ first hospital, today it offers a wide range of patient care services with strengths in cardiac care, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, general surgery, trauma care and senior services. St. Luke’s is nationally recognized seven times as a Top 100 and Magnet Hospital.
About Variety – the Children’s Charity
Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and program please visit varietyiowa.com.