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Shawn Klose and Steve Johnson of Co-operators – Steve Johnson Insurance & Financial Services, present the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation with a $25,000 pledge, helping to purchase a specialized retinal camera for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for ROP Screening.
ROP stands for ‘retinopathy of prematurity’ and is a potentially blinding eye disorder that can affect premature infants. Traditionally performed manually by an ophthalmologist, new retinal camera technology allows clinicians to perform the retinal exam, capturing digital images. The images of the infant’s retina can then be examined virtually by an ophthalmologist for signs of ROP.
“We are grateful to Shawn and Steve for their help in getting us one step closer to having this specialized equipment available at NBRHC,” says Chantal Gagne, Director Medical & Surgical Programs at NBRHC. “It will ensure that ROP screening is not a barrier to the repatriation of premature babies who are receiving care at tertiary hospitals. We are always focused on providing care closest to home, keeping families together during these stressful life events.”
Shawn Klose and Steve Johnson, Co-operators – Steve Johnson Insurance & Financial Services, present Tammy Morison, President & CEO North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation and Chantal Gagne, Director, Medical & Surgical Programs at NBRHC, with a $25,000 pledge to help purchase specialized retinal camera for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NBRHC.
The camera is estimated to cost more than $150,000.00
“We are very excited to be able to help and contribute to this new equipment which will allow our hospital to perform the care our community requires,” says Klose and Johnson. “Our link to the community is strong, and we want all parents to have the ability to be at home with their children during those first impactful months of life!”
Medical equipment purchases are made possible through a partnership between the government, hospital and our community. Businesses, individuals, families and groups support our hospital in a variety of ways throughout the year, including monthly and memorial donations, gifts in Wills, corporate sponsorships and multi-year commitments like Shawn and Steve that are fulfilled over time. Donations are actively working to enhance healthcare for patients, close to home.
The Co-operators – Steve Johnson Insurance & Financial Services are helping enhance the care and experience of premature babies and their families in our region.
Senior Development Officer, NBRHC Foundation