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St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare: Announces Milestone 100 Children and Families Served

April 06, 2009
Just six months after announcing The Montana Pediatric Project through St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare – Pediatric critical care across Montana and northern Wyoming has crossed a significant milestone. 100 child patients have been cared for at St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.

The level of pediatric critical care in Montana and northern Wyoming has made great strides for the most fragile children thanks to a coalition of hospitals, nurses and doctors and through the generous support of individual donors, private foundation investors and Federal/State grants. This collaboration is indeed reducing the number of children that must be flown out of state for medical treatment, and is providing equal or better care at half the cost for families and our state. 

Since Oct. 1, 2008, specialized Pediatric Intensivists and Hospitalists have been on site at St. Vincent caring for our regions children 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In that time – the new program has prevented more than 50 Montana and northern Wyoming children from being flown out-of-state for care; a savings of at least $1 Million, and most importantly, a savings for families who can now stay close to home and much needed support.

Today, April 6, 2009, at 11:00am in the St. Vincent Healthcare Mansfield Health Education Center, Senator Max Baucus congratulated the St. Vincent pediatric teams and the committed donors for their tremendous efforts to make this project come together.

Making this possible

There are many great champions of this cause, among them our senior Senator Max Baucus. Max facilitated early investment (1.1 Million) in the intensive care unit--indeed without his unfailing support this initiative would not have been possible. Senator Baucus continues to encourage other foundations to look at this project and others as we face the special challenges of frontier American Healthcare.

Of the more than $3.5m raised to support the Montana Pediatric Project, nearly $1m has been given by forward thinking private foundations willing to invest in responding to the challenges of rural healthcare. They include the Fortin Foundation (over $600,000 committed to date), the William Randolph Hearst Foundation ($100,000) St. Mary Land and Exploration ($120,000) and MDU Resources Foundation ($100,000 along with a number of other private foundations)

The St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation has not only coalesced support for this project, but has been the driving force behind this expanding commitment to the region’s children and families.

For further information about the Montana Pediatric Project or St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare, call the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation at 237-3600.

St. Vincent Healthcare is proud of its long history of and commitment to delivering the best, most compassionate healthcare to the Billings community and this region. The hospital’s dedication to providing the utmost in quality and excellence has led to improved healthcare experiences for the community and its children… to Heal Here.

About St. Vincent Healthcare

St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a Level II trauma Center, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.