Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley

Debbie Pollander is grateful associate donor support helps saves newborn babies.

One of the unexpected risks of COVID-19 is for newborn babies delivered by caesarean section.  To provide the lowest risk of virus exposure for mothers, Mercy Health — St. Joseph Warren Hospital started performing c-sections in the main operating rooms—on an entirely different floor from maternity services. 

 But how could newborns be safely transported through the hospital to the nursery?  

 Thanks to associate giving, the hospital was able to quickly purchase a special infant care station to safely transport the new-born. It serves as both an isolette and an incubator. 

The infant care station is important to protect the newborn from germs and maintain their temperature, something that is needed not just during COVID-19. 

 “With this isolette, we can place the baby in it immediately, and they can use it until they are discharged,” said Anna Klejka, director of women’s and children’s services. 

Debbie Pollander, registered nurse and nurse manager of maternity services, wants you to know how important this equipment is for maintaining the health and safety of their tiniest patients. 

 “Thank you, donors!” she said. “We have such heartfelt gratitude that in a very urgent and timely manner we were able receive funding for this very high-tech piece of equipment to provide high quality patient care.” 

This is just one wonderful example of how your gifts help.