Golf tourney helps infants at Vic General

Charity Golf Classic, held in Colwood, donates funds for ailing infants

The neonatal intensive care unit at Victoria General Hospital will be able to provide even better care for ailing infants in future, thanks to a donation from the Charity Golf Classic held at Royal Colwood in September.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation recently received the final cheque of $26,700 from the annual tournament’s volunteer crew from HP Advanced Solutions.

The money will help purchase two new iCribs, specially designed hospital cribs that allow caregivers better access to premature and critically ill infants, and have special fixtures that help preserve and maintain the tiny babies’ underdeveloped organs and internal systems.

Cathy McIntyre, foundation board chair, voiced gratitude for the golf volunteers, players and sponsors’ efforts to help out the neonatal intensive care department.

“These new iCribs will serve hundreds of infants who require specialized care in the coming years,” she said in a release.

The golf tournament has funded more than $606,000 of medical equipment since 1997.

Every year, more than 500 babies are born prematurely at VGH, which is home to the province’s only high-level neonatal ICU outside the Lower Mainland.

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