Founded in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals network has grown to include 170 hospitals, caring for children throughout the United States and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments, health care services and pediatric medical equipment. Regional Health is one of two South Dakota health care systems that are part of CMN Hospitals. Rapid City Hospital became a CMN hospital in 1989. In 2015, CMN began serving all Regional Health hospitals when the Regional Health Foundation became a systemwide foundation.
The mission of the Children’s Miracle Network program at Regional Health is to improve the lives of children in our region and “make medical miracles happen” by strengthening children’s health care services through fundraising activities.Make A Donation
2019 CMN Champion
Zachary Wilson has been selected as Regional Health’s 2019 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Champion. Regional Health is one of two Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in South Dakota. In his role as champion, Zachary will be featured in various campaigns throughout the year to share his story and help increase awareness about the amazing work being done at Regional Health with the help of CMN.
Zachary was 11 years old when he started to get high fevers that could no longer be controlled with over-the-counter medication. He was taken to the emergency department, and within 48 hours, Zachary was admitted to Custer Hospital for overnight observation and care. When his condition and breathing continued to deteriorate, Zachary was rushed to Rapid City Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). There, he would spend the next couple of weeks fighting for his life.
X-rays and lab tests determined that Zachary had necrotizing pneumonia, a rare and severe complication of bacterial pneumonia that causes the deterioration of lung tissue. Zachary had always been a very healthy kid, so it wasn’t clear how he got the infection. But very suddenly, he required specialized care to overcome a life-threatening medical crisis.
Zachary is healthy now, and life is back to the way it should be for him and his family. The equipment and services from CMN were there for them when they needed it most.
Why does CMN need support?
- When you donate to Children’s Miracle Network at Regional Health, you help ensure every child in our community gets care, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
- By supporting Children’s Miracle Network, we are able to continue to provide specialized care right here in our community so families can have their support system of family and friends close by during such a challenging time.
- Since every single dollar you donate to Children’s Miracle Network stays local – your efforts are helping children in your community. This might be a kid in your neighborhood or even a loved one whose life is impacted by these funds.
- There are many different kinds of technology in the NICU, including different types of infant ventilators, monitors, and supportive devices, such as infusion pumps and incubators. Every piece of equipment used in the NICU is purchased through community donations to Children’s Miracle Network, giving kids a chance at life.
- When families have to travel for specialty medical care, Children’s Miracle Network is there to help with travel assistance funds. Last year, CMN provided over 100 families with Pediatric Emergency Travel Funds totaling more than $31,000.
- Rapid City Hospital will care for over 370 NICU babies in a year and they need our help to make sure these babies get the best care they deserve.
- Children’s Miracle Network supports all areas where kids are treated within our health care system such as Labor & Delivery, Obstetrics, NICU, Advanced Care Pediatrics and Pediatrics in all of the Regional Health communities.
- Most preterm infants stay in the NICU until their due date. Thus, if a child was born six weeks early, parents can expect that their child will be in the NICU for six weeks. The NICU often becomes a second home for many families, where parents spend many hours each day with their infants. For the most part, these tiny infants must learn to breathe and grow before they can go home.