Children's Miracle Network Hospitals donations are helping to save lives and improve the outcome for sick children in Central Florida. This month, the group made a big donation to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, and doctors are smiling big.
Kids coming to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital are rolling in a new set of wheels.
Medical Director Dr. Mary Farrell says "this is a donation to the community, to bring children here who can receive state of the art care."
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals wrote a check.
"We could have bought more furniture or more equipment for the hospital, but if the children can't get here...it doesn't have a lot of meaning," Farrell says. With the majority of patients transported by ground, an ambulance was high on the most wanted items list. "Our ambulance prior to this had over 200,000 miles on it, so we were in need. It is a need, a necessity to care for sick children."
The Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team covers dozens of counties in the Central Florida region. The new toy makes it easier to rescue kids in outlying counties where specialized children's care isn't available.
"Being able to bring children from as far away as the coast, far north as almost close to Gainesville, Flagler County, that we can facilitate and take care of these children, where they can't be taken care of in these outlying facilities."
Farrell believes this donation allows the hospital to provide 360 degree care for sick children.
"Now we can get the care to them, way before we ever even set eyes on them, which is pretty amazing."
The new state of the art ambulance houses technology that makes it easier for doctors to care for patients before they ever reach the doors of the hospital.
"But sometimes they need a second set of eyes. 'Can you look at this, tell me what you think?' Now we have Skyping, and we can say put the camera on it, let me look and we can look at it without leaving our building, can actually see these kids."
Without the donation and the partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Farrell says their work would be impossible.
"They have been incredibly supportive of everything we have done, and when our needs our great, they have always come to our aid."
To make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, please visit our website for a link.