Recently, the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation Board of Directors approved $89,963 in grant requests from five of our partner hospitals. These five grants will be used by our partner hospitals in Honolulu, Loma Linda, Reno, Madera, and Oakland to expand their trauma prevention programs; to provide pediatric trauma training to their staff; and to purchase pediatric medical equipment.
Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children is the designated Level III Pediatric Trauma for the State of Hawai’i. Since 2015 Kapi’olani’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program has helped ensure that the children in Hawai’i have statewide access to exceptional care at the most critical times. With more than $17,000 awarded to Kapi’olani, their team will able to purchase trauma and rehabilitation equipment for the TBI Program.
New emergency equipment such as rapid blood infusers, and rehabilitation equipment like standing frames and TheraTogs will help aid in providing proper care for pediatric trauma patients. Serving as a resource for best practices, Kapi’olani’s efforts can be seen throughout Hawai’i through their commitment and outstanding qualifications to deliver pediatric trauma and transport care to the state of Hawai’i and the Pacific Region.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital will utilize their grant of $20,000 to provide child safety seats to families of infants and children with special needs. Already an underserved population, infants and children with special needs often require child safety seats with additional support and head control. The funds for this project will be used to purchase 40 child safety seats for families with children of special needs – which are not covered through insurance – which can cost families anywhere between $500 and $1,000. Through Loma Linda’s Safe Kids Program, they are able to fill a much needed gap within the Loma Linda Community by advocating for prevention of pediatric trauma.
Renown Children’s Hospital
Renown Health Children’s Hospital received more than $14,000 in grant monies to support their Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR) training. Looking to improve critical thinking skills and provide excellent pediatric care, Renown’s PCAR training will be offered to their interdisciplinary care team that will cover the surgical, medical and nursing management of the most vulnerable pediatric patient population.
Welcoming patients from nearly 30 referring rural hospitals within the northern and central areas of Nevada as well as eastern California, Renown strives to match their skills and expertise with the latest technology and information available to provide the best care for their young patients and their families.
Valley Children’s Hospital
Partnering with Valley Children’s Hospital for their 4th annual Seat Check Saturday, Valley will utilize their grant for $21,089 to purchase nearly 250 car seats and 1,024 helmets for children and families living in and around Madera. Valley serves as one of the largest healthcare networks within the United States and spans across 10 counties and 45,000 square miles. With so many children and families to care for within their communities, Valley’s Seat Check Saturday provides families with not only free safety gear, but they also provide approximately 100 seat safety checks as well.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
With more than 15 years’ experience in injury prevention, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Injury Prevention Coordinator, Bonnie Lovette, has worked in the San Francisco Bay area her entire career and is familiar with the area’s communities and culturally diverse population. In order to reduce the number of unintentional injuries and fatalities of children, UCSF Benioff received a $16,500 grant to purchase and distribute injury prevention materials to help facilitate the success of their Childhood Injury Prevention Program. UCSF Benioff will utilize the grant monies to purchase 30 cribs, 12 safety gates, 300 infant sleep sacks, and 80 helmets. In addition to the purchase and distribution of injury prevention materials, the hospital will utilize grant monies from the Foundation to revise, reproduce and distribute their Keeping Safe from Injury booklets to include the most up-to-date safety information.