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Children’s Miracle Network grant funds maternity equipment at Lewis County General Hospital

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LOWVILLE — Oh, baby.

A grant from the Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York has helped fund an equipment upgrade for the Lewis County General Hospital maternity department.

“It just brings us up to speed with more recent technology,” Lorrie A. Stanford, maternity nurse manager, said of the new Isolette 8000.

The $16,000 machine, partially funded by a $10,000 CMN grant awarded in December to the Lewis County Hospital Foundation, will replace a roughly 20-year-old isolette, a device that provides controlled temperature and humidity and an oxygen supply for newborns.

The department also has a newer model that will serve as a backup to the new machine and allow staff to continue to use them for more than one newborn at a time if needed, Mrs. Stanford said.

The machines are used not only to regulate premature newborns but also to keep babies warm during various procedures, including phototherapy for jaundice, she said.

Maternity staff will begin training on the new machine next week, Mrs. Stanford said.

About 25 to 30 infants use an isolette each year for various medical conditions, according to an application submitted for the Miracle Network funding.

This year, the hospital foundation will hold several events to raise funds for an automated breast cancer ultrasound system.

That system is to provide a “second level of cancer screening for patients with dense breast,” a foundation news release said. “It will not replace mammography but will be used as an additional tool to obtain an early and accurate diagnosis. In our community alone, a screening breast ultrasound program would benefit more than 1,000 women per year by diagnosing breast cancer at an earlier stage when it is more treatable, ultimately saving lives in our community.”

Events this year will include a walk/run in May, a golf tournament in June and the Gala, the foundation’s signature event, scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Ridgeview Inn in West Lowville.

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