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KRH receives $500,000 Grant for Montana Children’s from Helmsley Charitable Trust

Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s (KRH) new pediatric facility, Montana Children’s, is slated to open this summer and will benefit from specialized equipment made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.

Helmsley has awarded Montana Children’s $500,000 to equip the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a variety of equipment items vital to the care and comfort of young patients.

"This award has allowed us to have critical equipment on hand for the care of our sickest and smallest patients." said Courtney Paterson, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist. “The additional equipment will ensure that our tiniest patients are as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay, while ensuring the highest quality of care.”

Equipment funded by the grant includes specialty beds and warmers for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and specialty respiratory equipment that is essential for the care of patients with pre-existing lung disease, as well as those with severe acute illnesses requiring critical care. Because of this new equipment, according to Paterson, KRH will now have the full complement of state-of-the-art respiratory equipment that any pediatric patient may need. Additionally, a new ultrasound machine will allow for immediate procedural care at the bedside, decreasing the need for more invasive testing of our pediatric patients.

“Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “To achieve this, rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive essential health care services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest.”