Left to right: Sheri Shanahan (back left) checks in with NRGH Neonatal Unit staff to see how Jesse’s Gift is making a difference.
Nearly a year ago Sheri and Mike Shanahan, together with family and friends, decided to make a difference to the lives of babies staying in the Neonatal Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). They were inspired to honour baby Jesse, Mike and Sheri’s newborn daughter who passed away unexpectedly on May 31st, 2013. We are happy to report that “Jesse’s Gift” is now in place and doing exactly what the Shanahans had hoped it would.
The group spent last summer fundraising for a Central Monitor System. Together, the group raised an incredible $30,000 towards the $90,000 cost of a new System. The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation contributed the balance thanks to its loyal donors. The Central Monitor is located at the nurses’ station and alerts medical professionals when a heart rate or breathing pattern is disrupted. The system monitors all NICU infants at the same time and will save precious seconds and minutes when medical staff is assessing which infant is in distress and what their immediate health issue is. The Shanahans are so grateful for donations that made Jesse’s Gift possible.