A New Incubator For Waitakere Hospital
Thanks to Million Dollar Mission the Well Foundation, Waitakere Hospital’s charitable arm, recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art transport incubator. The much needed incubator will be used to transport premature babies to and from nearby hospitals for vital specialist tests and treatments.
The Well Foundation’s Million Dollar Mission application certainly struck a chord with the voting public achieving the highest number of online votes and resulting in over $100,000 in funding. Clearly the incredible work carried out by the staff at Waitakere Hospital is highly valued by West Aucklanders. In fact, this is the second year in a row that the Well Foundation’s application has proved to be the most popular with the Million Dollar Mission voting public.
Around 60 babies a year will benefit from the new transport incubator. The hospital’s previous one was old and the technology outdated which made it increasingly difficult to keep it in good working order. A baby’s condition can quickly deteriorate and being transported from one place to another can be very stressful for both the baby and their family.
The new incubator, however, provides all the life support a tiny baby needs such as oxygen, medication and warmth. Knowing that their babies are receiving the highest standard of care supported by the latest technology is reassuring for families facing very difficult challenges.
What’s more, the families of the 3,000 babies born each year at Waitakere Hospital now have the added assurance and peace of mind that this cutting edge incubator is available to support them should they need it.
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The Well Foundation’s CEO, Andrew Young, makes it clear the difference the Million Dollar Mission funding has made: ‘It may have been a number of years before the hospital had enough money to buy a new transport incubator due to so many competing demands against a limited public health budget,’ he advises.
‘The Well Foundation is so humbled to have received the highest number of public votes in the Million Dollar Mission appeal,’ Andrew continues. ‘It must underline how highly West Aucklanders value health and wellbeing, especially for the most vulnerable and the most in need.’
In addition, the Well Foundation is also grateful for the public exposure that the voting process and involvement in the Million Dollar Mission has given the organisation.
‘For a small charity like ours with so many health projects to fund, it’s invaluable to get support from The Trusts,’ advises Andrew. ‘We rely on support from our local community to make things happen and that includes raising money as well as raising our profile. Thank you to The Trusts for the opportunity.’
Million Dollar Mission is just one of the ways The Trusts give back profits from their liquor retail stores and hospitality venues to the community of West Auckland. Applications for funding can be made at the Million Dollar Mission website.