The Air Canada Foundation has generously given a grant of $30,000 to support the purchase of new, critically needed patient monitors for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Victoria General Hospital (VGH).

The Air Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth, was launched in 2012. The mission of the Air Canada Foundation is to provide financial or fundraising support to Canadian-registered charities focused on improving children’s health and well-being. Their main pillars of giving are connecting children to medical care, alleviating child poverty, and helping children fulfill their dreams.

98% of pediatric cases on Vancouver Island can be treated at VGH. Here, one in six newborns will spend time in the NICU, and one in eight children will require care in the PICU. When Vancouver Island kids need specialized care, it’s a huge relief for families to get that care close to home.

“With over 3,000 babies delivered and 2,000 children cared for at VGH, the need to support our tiniest patients is critical. Our community knows this. Our donors fund over 50% of the equipment needs in Maternity and Pediatrics,” says a/ Executive Director, Avery Brohman. “To now have the Air Canada Foundation join this important cause means our caregivers can have access to leading-edge equipment, and our littlest patients can continue to receive the very best care, right here at home. We are deeply thankful.”

The new patient monitors in the NICU and PICU are used every day to measure vital signs like heart rate, breathing and blood pressure, playing a critical role in diagnosis and treatment. Modern patient monitoring systems integrate the information collected, enabling clinicians to easily track and analyze a patient’s status over time.

These monitors give the families of our tiny patients peace of mind with real-time information as their children grow and recover. They know our dedicated caregivers have the best information right decisions, in the right moment, for the best outcome.

Much like any technology, hospital equipment changes quickly. Ensuring our caregivers have tools of the highest quality means our littlest and most fragile patients can continue to receive excellent care here at VGH.

We’re so grateful for our partners like the Air Canada Foundation who strive to make our community a healthier place. Their donation gives our littlest patients the best chance at starting life healthy and happy, and our kids the ability to thrive.

To learn more about the Air Canada Foundation, visit their website.

To learn more about the impact this gift will have, watch Cache and Eli’s story.