• CMN Hospital Funding 

    Parent Help Line: The purpose of the Parent Help Line at St. John’s Children’s Hospital is to strengthen families through support, information, parenting education and referral, and to prevent child abuse and neglect. The phone line helps parents and caregivers of children from newborns to 19 years old. They listen, they problem-solve and they refer them for help. Volunteer parents provide this service 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. They know we all want to be better parents, but we do not always know what to do. Parent Help Line can help.

    Child Patient Simulator: The simulation baby is used to help train the pediatric staff during Mock Codes as well as for resident education. St. John’s Children’s Hospital initiates monthly mock codes with the simulator as an opportunity to hone their skills in emergency situations. All members of the team (nurses, residents, respiratory therapists, etc.) participate in these simulation events. They are a great way to “practice” their emergency skills!

    Infant Transport Beds with Ventilators: Critically ill infants have a real issue in maintaining their body temperature. These beds secure tightly in the Saints Flight helicopter and in an ambulance to transport infants from one institution to another. They can also be used to take a critical infant to MRI or CT in a warm, safe, secure environment. These beds are also equipped with ventilators which serve as breathing machines for these babies when needed.

    I-STAT Analyzers:
    Are mobile lab machines that give the pediatric staff critical information about a patient’s acid-base balance right at the bedside. They don’t have to send the specimen to the lab and wait for results; it can be done right in the room. I-Stat Analyzers can also be used during transports to other facilities.

    Flight Suits: The highly trained specialized transport teams have to wear specific outfits as regulated by the FAA to be able to fly in the helicopter. The flight suits provide a safe material for our transport team to wear and keep them looking neat and professional.

    Community Outreach: Funding from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals allows St. John’s Children’s Hospital to take a proactive leadership role with their outreach efforts to help insure the future health and safety of children in our region. They know collaboration can be a powerful way to address child health and safety issues and therefore continue to build relationships with various community organizations to creatively take their educational programs to children and families in the region. St. John’s Children’s Hospital understands the importance and value of emphasizing good health, fitness, safety and the promotion of early detection of illness or disease. Therefore, all outreach efforts reflect their strong desire to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in the communities we serve. 

    Pediatric Rehabilitation: Encompasses occupational, physical, and speech therapy. They treat patients from newborns to teenagers, when medical problems or other health-related conditions limit the ability to eat, communicate, move and perform every day tasks. Pedi rehab is able to make therapy kid friendly with the help of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Funding has been provided for many things including: computer software, tricycles, bikes, a ball pit, scooters, basketball hoop, theraballs, tumble areas, swings, two new rock walls, new monkey bars and many, many games and puzzles. With the use of these activities, the kids think they are playing, when in fact; they are getting stronger, talking better, and achieving higher functional status.

    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Children’s Miracle Network Hospital provides the funding for much of the life saving equipment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    • Cribettes are open cribs which permit nursing care to be given to babies who are able to maintain their temperatures.
    • Isolettes or Incubators are beds that provide warmth and sometimes humidity to the babies who are too immature or too sick to maintain their temperatures. They allow visualization and access via portholes so baby stays warm while care is provided.
    • Warmers also provide warmth but do it radiant heat as opposed to the isolettes which provide heat by convection. The warmer provides even more access to the baby but tends to dry babies so they require more fluids.
    • Ventilators provide oxygen and air under pressure to the baby via a breathing tube when the baby does not breathe well enough on his own.
    • Infant Transport Beds combine the ventilator with the Isolettes and are connected to a battery and on a frame to provide a mode of transportation for in-house and out of house. Transport beds can go in either the helicopter or ambulance.
    • Cerebral Function monitors use electrodes to monitor brain activity and screen for signs of seizures.

    Pediatric Surgery: Having surgery is an intimidating life event for anyone but especially for children. Research shows that children who have been prepared are less anxious and more cooperative and St. John’s Children’s Hospital strives to make the surgery experience as less traumatic as possible. St. John’s has a dedicated pediatric preanesthesia area where children and their families wait within a child/family friendly environment specific to children between the ages of zero to sixteen. A brightly colored area with a salt water fish tank, toys, video and board games are present to meet the needs of each family. Without Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals many of these things would not exist.

    Pediatric Patient Education: Education and preparation are a central part of what St. John’s Children’s Hospital does to help each individual child cope and master the experience. Using different items such as glitter wands, “I Spy” books, stress balls, “Shadow Buddies”, and more help the staff do their job and most importantly help each child through their journey in a more positive manner. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is St. John’s Children’s Hospital’s vested partner. They work diligently to provide the necessary funding to make things happen. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is vested because they care deeply about each child that finds themselves within St. John’s Children’s Hospital. 

    Child Life Specialists: Child Life Specialists at St. John's Children’s Hospital prepare, distract and support children and families during procedures or tests. This support involves educating the child before the procedure in an age-appropriate manner and then helping to relax and distract the child during the procedure. By using medical equipment, specially designed dolls, books and videos, the child life specialists help children and teens become familiar with diagnoses, medical procedures and hospital routines during their stay. Child Life Specialists also plan activities, in the play areas and at the bedside, to meet each child's individual needs and encourage children to continue normal play through activities and materials provided throughout the hospital stay. Almost all the items the Child Life Specialist uses are purchased through gifts to St. John's Children’s Hospital.