With the number of COVID-19 cases requiring hospital attention continuing to grow, Richmond Hospital is looking to urgently buy $102,000 worth of life-saving medical machines to help treat coronavirus patients.
Local developer Everglade Development has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help the hospital reach this target. To kick start the process, they will be donating $15,000 — their full marketing budget over the next six months — towards this cause.
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“We are grateful to the entire Everglade Development team for stepping up during this challenging time to inspire the community by promoting Richmond Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Respond Fund,” said Natalie Meixner, president and CEO of Richmond Hospital Foundation, in a statement.
“Their fundraising goal of $102,000 shows great leadership and dedication to support the Richmond Hospital and the immediate needs of our healthcare teams.”
The hospital will use the funds to acquire one chest compression machine at a cost of $24,000, and three vital sign monitors at $26,000 per unit.
These machines monitor respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and carbon dioxide that comes out of the lungs, as well as blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.
The chest compression machine is often used in combination with ventilation to maintain blood flow and breathing when the heart and lungs are not working properly. As for the vital sign monitors, these are critical for patients who need help breathing, and also help to confirm the placement of a breathing tube, monitor the flow of blood through the body, and the quality of ventilation by the lungs.
To donate, visit the crowfunding campaign page here.
The campaign officially launched today, and they hope to transfer the funds to the Richmond Hospital Foundation by April 22.
“The fight is hard and unlike anything we’ve seen before. That’s why we need to come together. We are asking for your help in raising money in support of the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 fund so that they get the equipment they need,” reads the call to action.
“The Richmond Hospital Foundation has a supplier identified that has access to essential equipment and PPE. They know what they need, they now need our support to make it happen.”