2012 Use of Funds for Telethon
The hospital would not be able to purchase necessary specialized pediatric medical equipment without the continuous support of the East Tennessee community through fund-raising events such as the Children’s Hospital Telethon. The proceeds raised from the telethon each year help Children’s Hospital make a significant difference in young lives.
Last year, children in East Tennessee and surrounding states made almost 160,000 visits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for a variety of health care concerns, from minor to major, from illnesses to injuries. In 2011, the Surgical Services Department admitted almost 11,000 children. These visits included everything from major surgeries to more common appendectomies and endoscopies. The laboratory completed about 500,000 tests last year, including routine analyses and major genetic testing.
Equipment for Surgery - $38,000 for all equipment
Sterile Processing Department Remodel—The Sterile Processing Department (SPD) is the first line of defense for preventing surgical site infections. SPD staff is responsible for cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments, making sure equipment is operational, and working with vendors to have the appropriate equipment and supplies available for each surgical procedure. The remodel will update this department and help staff continue to protect sterilized equipment.
Instruments for Cleft Lip and Palate—In the United States, 1 of every 500 babies is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. This congenital anomaly requires many surgeries and treatments. To improve scheduling and availability for Cleft Lip and Palate surgeries, Children’s Hospital will buy a new set of instruments.
Equipment for Nursing Department - $40,000 for all equipment
Pediatric Hospital Cribs—Most of the 44 non-ICU (intensive care unit) cribs currently in use at Children’s Hospital were bought in 1998. Because of the cribs’ age, replacement parts are no longer available. New cribs will be safer, and repairs will be much easier.
Equipment for Laboratory - $17,500 for all equipment
Nikon Microscopes—For Hematology/Oncology patients, the clearest technology is needed to look for abnormal cells, and microscopes are the primary way doctors identify leukemia. The current microscopes in use in the lab were purchased in the 1990s, and the optics cannot identify cells as well as more current technology. Two new microscopes will result in better diagnoses for hematology/oncology patients.