A message from Minister Prasad Panda
“In the spring of 2021, I was pleased to announce that Alberta taxpayers would be partially funding a renovation at the Foothills Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I was struck by the powerful stories told by families who had survived the ordeal of having a child in such a precarious situation – it’s impossible to imagine the anguish felt by parents whose babies are in intensive care. When I heard that the Calgary Health Foundation was raising funds for the Foothills NICU, I was keen to help in any way I could. I am donating $1,116 to kick off the campaign, and I hope to raise $75,000 to support this important cause.”
ABOUT NEWBORNS NEED
Foothills Medical Centre is home to Southern Alberta’s only in-born Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where the most premature and critically ill newborns begin their lives. Additionally, all high-risk obstetrical deliveries from Red Deer south are brought to the expert team at Foothills.
Built and equipped nearly 25 years ago with only 39 beds, it is 1/3 smaller than similar NICU’s across the country. And while Foothills’ care outcomes are among the best in the country, the existing space cannot accommodate the innovations and best practices that have become today’s standard of care.
To address this urgent need, a new $83M state-of-the-art NICU at Foothills Medical Centre is being planned, and we are asking you to join with Calgary Health Foundation, Minister Panda and the Government of Alberta, in providing the funding for this important project.
We are now in the final stages of funding the new NICU. The Government of Alberta and many generous donors have stepped up with leadership contributions, but we still need to raise $12 million to complete the funding for the project. Every dollar counts in our mission to give every newborn a fighting chance.