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Southern Regional receives grant for neonatal bed

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Will Rogers Institute officials present a ceremonial check to Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation officials to represent a $40,000 grant the group is giving the hospital to buy a Neonatal Giraffe Bed Incubator.

Special photo Will Rogers Institute officials present a ceremonial check to Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation officials to represent a $40,000 grant the group is giving the hospital to buy a Neonatal Giraffe Bed Incubator.

RIVERDALE — Will Rogers once said “mothers are the only race of people that speak the same tongue” and the institute named in his memory made sure this week that Southern Crescent mothers continue to have healthy children.

Will Rogers Institute officials presented a $40,000 grant for neonatal care Tuesday to officials from the Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation, the hospital has announced. The money will be used to purchase a Neonatal Giraffe Bed Incubator which will join five other giraffe beds the hospital already has in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, according to Southern Regional officials.

“Over the years, it has been a goal of the Foundation to fund the purchase of at least 12 incubator beds,” said foundation Development Coordinator Andrea Mendez in a written statement. “Miracles happen every day in this special unit and with help of donors, like the Will Rogers Institute, we can ensure many more are to come.”

Giraffe beds are produced by GE Healthcare. Technical specs provided on the company’s website show the beds allow caregivers 360-degree access to infants through dual access doors and portholes and a “centralized display [and] control unit.” Their features include X-ray cassette trays, systems that control oxygen, an in-bed scale and pressure-diffusing mattresses, according to the website.