WRI and Carmike Cinemas Award Grant to
Southern Regional Medical Center for
Neonatal Care in Premature Infants
The Will Rogers Institute and Carmike Cinemas presented the Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation a check for $40,000. The funds were awarded as a grant and will be used to purchase a cutting edge Neonatal Giraffe Bed Incubator for Southern Regional’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
SRMC currently owns five incubator beds and has successfully decreased intraventricular hemorrhage (brain bleeds) by 20 percent in premature infants since implementing the use of the Giraffe Bed Incubator in the NICU’s patient care protocol.
The Giraffe Bed is a neonatal isolette that provides the best replication of the human womb to provide optimal physical and neurological development for at-risk premature infants. The purchase is in step with Southern Regional’s mission of - “A passion for healing, the technology to do it well.”
“Over the years it has been a goal of the Foundation to fund the purchase of at least 12 incubator beds. Miracles happen everyday in this special unit and with help of donors, like the Will Rogers Institute, we can ensure many more are to come,” said Andrea Mendez, Development Coordinator for the SRMC Foundation.
To commemorate the grant award, Todd Vradenburg, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation; John Lundin, Executive Board Member and VP of Film at Carmike Cinemas; Carmike Cinemas Bob Scarborough and Crystal Trawick; along with Southern Regional COO, John McLain; Jackie Lawson, director of the Women’s Life Center; grant writer and manager of the NICU, Alisa Dent; SRMC Foundation Chair, Ken Palmer and Immediate Past Chair, Glynda King; and Belinda Judson, NATO State Government and Regional Liaison, attended the check presentation in SRMC’s Women’s Life Center.
About Southern Regional Medical Center:A full-service, 331-bed hospital in Riverdale, GA, SRMC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the surrounding community by blending a passion for healing with the use of advanced medical technology to deliver the best care patients.