YOU make the difference in YOUR community
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) at Regional Health works to fund programs, medical equipment and services for ill and injured children throughout the region. In-school safety programs, a pediatric emergency transportation fund and state-of-the-art medical equipment purchases are just a few of the many ways CMNH and YOU make a difference in YOUR community. One hundred percent of the money raised stays local to benefit all of our Regional Health communities.
A commitment to caring our communities
During the Black Hills Stock Show, young and old, man and woman alike get together in pink to help raise funds for the John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute (CCI). The color has come to represent support for cancer patients and their loved ones in our community. It also represents a spirit of hope and unity, that together, we will beat this devastating disease. Funds raised through the Tough Enough to Wear Pink event has helped purchase a new G20 ultrasound machine and also contributed $400,000 towards the purchase of a new Tomotherapy unit. Leading-edge technologies would not be available if it weren’t for donor support.
The Littlest Patient
While CCI typically treats adult patients, our caregivers recently were part of the journey of a pediatric patient and her family. The 23-month-old girl needed Tomotherapy to treat a very specific area of cancer, and the patient and ther family would benefit from staying home while undergoing radiation.
The team of caregivers representing pre op, anesthesia, radiation therapy, nursing, medical staff, and post op made the treatment of the child possible. Because of the patient’s young age, anesthesia was involved daily to help her sleep through her radiation treatments. Additionally, a private waiting area was created for the child’s parents and family, allowing them to be together, especially on those hard, emotional days.
CCI caregivers supported the family by wearing shirts once a week during her treatment that featured the child’s name, and helped her celebrate her second birthday with gifts to take home.
Treating cancer patients – especially children – can be emotional for our team, but the knowledge that patients can stay at home, sleep in their own beds every night, and have family and friends nearby makes it all worthwhile.
The value of staying at home for Tomotherapy at CCI cannot be measured. The caregivers are honored to provide such advanced treatment and personal attention to our patients and their families in our community.
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New Technology Enhances Family Bonding
A new, real-time, live-streaming video system called NICVIEW is up and running in Claire’s Place, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rapid City Regional Hospital. NICVIEW, which cost nearly $30,000, allows families to see their babies in the NICU anytime, anywhere on any device with internet access. This technology, enhancing family-centered care for patients, was paid for by funds from both Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Regional Health and the Rapid City Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
Coming Together to Help Fight Cancer
Each year, the John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute (CCI) at Rapid City Regional Hospital performs over 43,000 diagnostic and treatment procedures for this challenging disease. CCI is using bet and current practice research to continue delivering the highest quality patient care. They continually review and update their techniques and technologies to provide leading-edge diagnostics and cancer therapies. Throughout the year, there are many wonderful projects and events that help CCI care for over 1,000 newly diagnosed patients as well as over 3,500 previously diagnosed patients. Inspiring, uplifting and effective, these efforts not only provide needed funding but bring the Black Hills community together for the common good. Your support and participation benefit the CCI and serve as a thoughtful way to honor those members of our community whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Hospice Service Making a Difference
Regional Health Hospice Services are committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness by enabling them and their loved ones to live each day as fully and comfortably as possible. Our team of caregivers, physicians and volunteers pay close attention to the medical, emotional and social needs of patients, their families and friends.
Through your support of Hospice Services, you will enable us to continue providing the greatest gift to our patients and their families – peace of mind knowing that the services they require most during a difficult time will be available to them. Thank you for your generosity.