On Tuesday, May 23, administration at Niswonger Children’s Hospital announced the opening of the new Special Care Unit, an area of the hospital dedicated to caring for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other special needs. The Special Care Unit is in response to the region-wide epidemic of babies with NAS. On average, about 30 percent of the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Niswonger Children’s Hospital are suffering from NAS. ... read more about Niswonger Children’s Hospital opens new Special Care Unit designed to care for babies with NAS.
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Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon set for Feb. 27-28
The annual event benefits the region’s only children’s hospital and the pediatric patients it serves
Patients like Maddy King fill Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
At only four years old, Maddy was diagnosed with cancer. Within weeks of her diagnosis, the happy and bubbly preschooler found herself inside the children’s hospital, surrounded by doctors and nurses, as she underwent chemotherapy. Once scared of hospitals, Maddy learned to battle her fear during regular visits for treatment, ultimately growing to love the place her parents say gave her hope.
“I don’t know what we would do without Niswonger Children’s Hospital,” said Laura King, Maddy’s mother. “The teams that work with Maddy are wonderful; they’re like family to us now. My daughter received so much love and care as a patient of the children’s hospital. Niswonger is a special place for her.”
Maddy and her story will be featured at this year’s radiothon, which benefits the children’s hospital and the pediatric patients it serves. The annual radiothon – hosted by the Mountain States Foundation – is set for Feb. 27-28. Now in its fifth year, it’s one of Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s biggest fundraisers, and brings the community together to support the region’s only children’s hospital.
“Radiothon is such an important event for the children’s hospital,” said Lisa Carter, chief executive officer of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “It helps so many of the kids we care for. In the past, we’ve been able to do amazing things with the generous donations we received through the radiothon.”
Past funds raised through the radiothon have purchased critical items for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, like a pediatric ambulance, incubators, syringe pumps and other supplies for the neonatal intensive care unit. Also, donations from last year’s radiothon are being used to create a special unit inside the children’s hospital that’s dedicated to caring for babies who are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). That unit is scheduled to open in April 2017.
“We’re really fortunate to have a wonderful community that supports Niswonger Children’s Hospital,” said Pat Holtsclaw, president of the Mountain States Foundation. “Seeing everyone come together for the radiothon is incredible, and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”
The radiothon will be broadcast live on four of Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations (98.5 WTFM, 95.9 The Hog WRZK, Classic Hits 102.7 WVEK, and ESPN Tri-Cities) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
“Everyone at our radio stations is passionate about this cause, and eager for this year’s radiothon,” said David Widener, president of Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation. “Our goal is to encourage our listeners to reach into their pockets to make a difference.”
Phone bank teams made up of volunteers will be set up in the lobby of Niswonger Children’s Hospital as well as at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. The teams will receive and make calls for donations during the radiothon.
This year’s Platinum sponsors are Subway, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen and Food City.
If you would like to participate in or donate to the radiothon, visit www.NiswongerChildrensRadiothon.com.