Tiniest, most vulnerable Adirondack Health patients focus of fundraiser
SARANAC LAKE –Two New Vision students have taken the lead in making a big difference when it comes to Adirondack Health’s smallest patients.
Georgia O'Leary, a senior at Lake Placid High School and a member of the New Vision class of 2015 at Adirondack Health, has picked up a project originally started by Hanna Potter, a New Vision ’14 graduate and now a college nursing student. Their goal is to raise money to replace two pediatric cribs for the Intensive Care Unit at Adirondack Medical Center (AMC) in Saranac Lake.
Adirondack Health is the only full service health system in the Adirondack Park and serves roughly 28,000 residents annually. With two, modern pediatric cribs, the ICU nursing staff will be prepared to meet the needs of their tiny patients who are hospitalized for respiratory and other illnesses.
Their fundraising efforts have been successful so far with $5,200 raised for the purchase of the first crib, and Georgia hoping to reach a similar goal to purchase a second crib. Hanna’s fundraising efforts were greatly assisted by the award of a Small and Significant Grant from the Adirondack Foundation.
“I am excited to help make a difference for both the babies and the staff of the ICU here at Adirondack Health,” said Georgia. “I’ve seen for myself how dedicated the nurses are and this will enable them to provide the best possible care for their youngest patients.”
If you are interested in helping achieve the purchase of the new crib, please visit the secure crowd-funding site hosted by the Adirondack Foundation at www.adirondackgives.org before the March 5 deadline. In addition, a special dinner is being held starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Delta Blue in Lake Placid with a portion of the proceeds going toward the crib fund.
A program of BOCES of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties, New Vision offers select high school seniors an academic year of rigorous class work paired with clinical rotations at AMC, where they receive frontline healthcare experience.