Regional Health celebrates 30 years as a CMN Hospital Member

Regional Health Rapid City Hospital is celebrating a milestone as a Children’s Miracle Network hospital member for 30 years.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital is one of the longer running hospital members. The CMN organization began in 1983 with 22 hospitals on board and now has 170 members hospitals. In Rapid City, the organization started up in 1989 with their first telethon held the same year and the very first duck race took place the summer of 1990.

Bob Riggio at early CMN telethon

Bob Riggio at early CMN telethon

CMN works year-round to fund medical equipment, along with services and programs for ill and injured children. A few of the many ways they help make miracles happened is with in-school safety programs, a pediatric emergency transportation fund, and special equipment in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Advanced Care Pediatrics. One hundred percent of the money raised here goes to children’s services at Regional Health.

Shawn Powers, CMN Program Coordinator for Regional Health, says, “Since day one the Children’s Miracle philosophy … has been that every dollar that’s raised locally stays in the community and I think that’s you know probably the biggest reason why this program has sustained itself over the years for us here in Rapid City.”

Early CMN Duck Race

Early CMN Duck Race

Powers says it speaks volumes of our community that has supported this cause for so long. And without the funds from citizens, businesses and corporate sponsors, CMN would not be able to purchase the lifesaving equipment that has helped countless families. It’s not only the big equipment like a giraffe bed which costs over $40,000 but also the little things that make a stay at the hospital more pleasant like the foot stools parents can use so rocking their babies is more comfortable or the posters they make for the baby’s milestones in the NICU. CMN’s longevity and success have much to do with the local fundraising efforts.

NICU Nurse

NICU Nurse

“It really boils down to the kids and the families that it’s helping, and it does it in great numbers every year,” says Powers.

And if CMN did not exist here, families would be challenged with traveling across the state or to neighboring states to receive the care they need. Local caregivers are also grateful to the organization that, in turn, helps them provide quality care to their tiny patients.

NICU Mom and Baby

NICU Mom and Baby

Nanette Fitzgerald, Nursing Manager of NICU at Regional Health, says “They’ve been here for 30 years and I’ve been here for 32, so all of my career in the NICU we’ve always depended on CMN to help us buy the equipment that we need for our babies, that we can provide the best quality care that we can. So we are so grateful to CMN. We’ve talked to other nurses that have come from other hospitals and they can’t believe how great our equipment is and how lucky we are, and we just tell them it’s all because of Children’s Miracle Network.”

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