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Northern Montana Health Care Foundation Designates Funds from Fundraiser

Havre, Montana – September 28, 2013 –The Northern Montana Health Care Foundation has made a designation for their 2014 “Trip-of-the-Month Raffle”. The funds raised by this 6th Annual Fundraiser will be used to benefit the Northern Montana Hospital Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum Department (LDRP).

The LDRP unit plans to purchase a GE Healthcare “Panda Warmer” Infant Warming System. This unit is used in LDRP for immediate care of newborns. The unit keeps the infant warm, stabilizes the temperature and allows the medical professionals easy access to the infant. The unit provides everything needed for resuscitation therapy, should it be needed. An integrated scale helps to assess a newborn’s status. A full-color display helps the medical professionals track the infant’s temperature, weight, oxygenation levels and pulse rate.

The staff in the LDRP Unit are looking forward to using the warmer.  “Whenever we are able to upgrade our equipment in LDRP, it benefits our patients.” Says Kathy Anderson, Director of Surgical Services/LDRP at Northern Montana Hospital.  “The first few minutes of life can be quite a shock to an infant’s temperature system, so keeping them warm is crucial to keeping them stable.”

The “Trip-of-the-Month Raffle” has been an excellent fundraiser for the NMHCF for 6 years. Past years proceeds have benefitted the Hi-Line Sletten Cancer Center, and Grace Chapel at the Northern Montana Care Center. “This fundraiser is a “Fun Raiser” for us.” Says Christen Obresley, Executive Director of the Northern Montana Health Care Foundation (NMHCF). The concept is that we sell a limited number of tickets, and when a name is drawn to win, that name gets returned to the drawing box. Several times we have had donors win twice in one year. This makes the raffle a lot of fun!”

This year’s raffle includes trips to Canyon Ranch Spa in Arizona; Kauai, Hawaii; Paradise Islands, Bahamas; Lisbon, Portugal; and a “You Pick – Disneyland or Disney World” trip, to name a few. A trip and a $200 Second Prize are drawn for every month. Drawings take place on the first Wednesday of every month starting in January, 2014. An Early Buyer Drawing of $1000 will be drawn on November 2, 2013 for all tickets purchased before that date. Tickets are $200 and can be purchased by calling the NMHCF office at (406) 262-1410.

“We’re excited for the Raffle and so pleased that we will be helping out our LDRP Unit with the “Panda Warmer.” Says Christen Obresley. “Please give the NMHCF a call should you have any questions. We only sell 300 tickets, so please plan soon on joining us in this fundraiser.”

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