BGH’s regional maternity unit now has a new baby ventilator and labour and delivery procedural lights thanks to the Butterfly Run.
The Butterfly Run founders, Barb Matteucci, Loralee McInroy, and Beth Primeau selected these two major equipment pieces, worth over $57,000 and $30,000 respectively, from an extensive list of high-priority hospital needs. The ventilator will help babies to breathe and the procedure lights ensure the care team has the best lighting during a baby’s delivery or if a surgical intervention is required for a mother.
Medical equipment has a typical life span of five to ten years before it needs to be replaced with the latest technology. Both pieces of equipment are replacing out-dated technology.
The first two Butterfly Runs, held in 2016 and 2017, raised more than $175,000 in total for the BGH Foundation’s Child Bereavement Fund. Monies raised have purchased special bereavement kits – available at all QHC emergency rooms and on Quinte 7’s maternity unit – staff training, and minor equipment, including a Cuddle Cot and transilluminator. This latest equipment purchase demonstrates the Butterfly Girls’ continued commitment to making care better for families in our region.
Plans are well underway for the third annual Butterfly Run to be held on Sunday, May 6 at Zwicks Park in Belleville with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 am. To register for the family walk, 5 km walk/run, or 10 km walk/run or become a sponsor, click below or visit: www.butterflyrunquinte.caRegister Here
In photo: Butterfly Girls Barb Matteucci (left), Loralee McInroy (right), and Lynne Allan, Patient Care Lead (centre)