The University of Arizona of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s received a donation of $115,000 from the Abbett Family Foundation.
Foundation trustees Jeffrey Abbett, his sister, Renee Abbett, and Tim Wilcox, principal, Sonora Investment Management, visited Diamond Children’s on Jan. 15 to acknowledge the donation, which was made in December.
"The Abbett Family Foundation is proud to support the efforts of Diamond Children's in providing the highest quality of care for the children and families in our community," said Jeffrey Abbett.
The funds will be used to:
• Purchase one C-Mac intubation video laryngoscope intubation system;
• Purchase six interactive gaming systems on roving carts for patients on the pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric medical/surgical units;
• Support the Child Life program and purchase supplies ($25,000);
• Purchase other medical equipment and support additional Child Life program needs ($22,000).
“The C-Mac is a state-of-the-art device that allows us to visualize the airways of our smallest and most challenging patients,” said Diamond Children’s pediatric intensivist Marc Berg, MD, professor and division chief of critical care, UA Department of Pediatrics. “It allows the rapid and safe placement of endotracheal (breathing) tubes, when every second counts. This will increase the safety and speed of critical airway procedures in our most fragile pediatric patients. We can't thank the Abbett Family Foundation enough for their generous gift that allows us to acquire the latest in emergency airway equipment for children."
“We are so grateful for the incredible support from the Abbett Family Foundation,” said Lori Stratton, MPH, director of development for Diamond Children’s and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. “Their interest in helping children and their families is admirable.”