Variety Kids Telethon Presents $50,000 for Neonatal Transport Equipment

Updated: 5/8/2013
Representatives from the Variety Kids Telethon, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Transport Team gathered in front of current transport equipment as funds were presented to help purchase new equipment.

The Variety Kids Telethon presented $50,000 to help purchase neonatal transport equipment, which will be used to transport newborns in need of critical care from outlying hospitals throughout Western New York to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for care in the Variety Kids Telethon Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

The annual Variety Kids Telethon airs on WKBW-TV, Channel 7 to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, its Robert Warner Center for Children with Special Needs and other children’s charities.

As the Regional Perinatal Center for Western New York, hospitals from the eight counties of Western New York and beyond transfer their most critically ill infants and high risk expectant mothers to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for the highest level of medical care available. The region's largest and most advanced NICU is located at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, providing critical care for the most seriously ill and premature newborns.

The neonatal transport team at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo provides emergent ground or air transport of critically ill newborns in need of immediate care delivered by the NICU. This highly skilled and specialized team consists of neonatal nurse practitioners, registered respiratory therapists and neonatal physicians, when necessary. All are available at a moment's notice 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and represent the only team of its kind in Western New York.