As medical institutions across the United States respond to a changing health care landscape, the flexibility afforded by gifts to El Camino Hospital Foundation’s El Camino Fund is more critical than ever. These unrestricted gifts that are not designated for a particular health care service, allow El Camino Hospital to innovate and respond nimbly to emerging opportunities. They enable the hospital to invest in leading edge technologies and medical advances, and to implement newly developing best practices in health care. In February, thanks to our generous donors, El Camino Hospital Foundation allocated $290,427 of unrestricted donations to support programs and services that enhance patient care at El Camino Hospital.
Foundation support will enable all Mother/Baby Unit nurses in Mountain View who care for new mothers to complete online training in lactation education, training that the Los Gatos nurses have already undergone. The grant will ensure that all nurses on both campuses who do this work have crucial knowledge and consistent information so they can teach new mothers proper breastfeeding techniques.
Olympic Brainz Monitor
Neonatal seizures are usually clinically subtle and difficult to distinguish from normal infant behavior in the NICU. With an allocation from El Camino Hospital Foundation, the hospital was able to purchase two additional Olympic Brainz monitors, bringing the total to six. This device gives the neonatologists and bedside nurses the ability to continuously monitor NICU babies in order to better assess their general neurological status. It provides vital information that facilitates earlier diagnosis and treatments that lead to improved neurological outcomes. Thanks to up- to-the-minute information that will enable quicker response, it should also reduce the need to transport these neonates to other facilities.
Expanded Diagnosis Codes for Improved Transitions in Cardiac and Pulmonary Care
A grant from El Camino Hospital Foundation will underwrite a pilot program to explore whether or not providing cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation services to patients before a major episode will make a difference in their care. The allocation will underwrite the cost for 15 cardiac patients and 10 pulmonary patients.
With funding from the Foundation, El Camino Hospital will establish a 24-hour on-call chaplain rotation for the Mountain View campus. An earlier pilot study funded by the Foundation found the program to be successful. The on-call chaplains will provide emotional and spiritual support to patients, families and hospital staff from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. The presence of an overnight on-call chaplain will bring time- tested spiritual resources that help patients focus with immediacy on transcendent meaning, purpose, and values during moments of crisis and other situations, while providing an additional source of support for clinical and hospital staff.