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Daily Camera: BCH Foundation awards more than $535K in grants to birth center

Daily Camera: BCH Foundation awards more than $535K in grants to birth center

The Nov. 6, 2023, online edition and the Nov. 8, 2023, print edition of the Daily Camera featured a news article about two new grants awarded to BCH’s Family Birth Center by the BCH Foundation, totaling more than $535,000. The grants will provide funding to purchase new equipment, including state-of-the-art newborn warmers and new family-friendly beds. 

We are pleased to share this recognition, which highlights the BCH Foundation’s funding focus to directly benefit patients by allowing us to invest in the most advanced technologies and care innovations. 

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Boulder Community Health Foundation awards more than $535K in grants to birth center


PUBLISHED: November 6, 2023 at 4:25 p.m. | UPDATED: November 6, 2023 at 4:33 p.m.

The Boulder Community Health Foundation has awarded two grants worth more than $535,000 to the Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital.

According to a news release, about 800 babies are delivered each year at the birth center, which features private delivery rooms and a postpartum area for moms and babies. The grant funding will go toward purchasing new equipment such as infant monitors and upgrades to the center’s queen-sized beds.

“Expectant mothers choose our Family Birth Center because they can count on receiving high-quality, personalized care,” Lisa Allen, director of the Family Birth Center, stated in the release. “We are grateful for the BCH Foundation’s grants, which will provide the funds to acquire top-notch equipment for the continued safety and comfort of our moms and babies during childbirth and recovery.”

One of the grants will be used to buy eight Panda Warmers and eight Giraffe Warmers. Babies are placed in Panda Warmers immediately after birth to reduce their risk of hypothermia. The warmers are portable and can be moved to the delivery rooms as well as the postpartum room, and the newer ones being purchased will have features such as a pulse oximeter and a heart sensor.

Giraffe Warmers are for babies born prematurely, underweight or with other medical conditions and will be used in the neonatal intensive care unit. The warmers being purchased will include equipment for breathing assistance, emergency procedures and assessments.

In addition, some of the grant funding will be used to buy nine upgraded queen-sized beds for the postpartum area.

“Every day the BCH Foundation delivers on its mission to enhance the quality and availability of healthcare in our community,” Riley Bright, program director for the BCH Foundation, stated in the release.

“To that end, we have provided BCH’s Family Birth Center with grants, made possible by the generosity of our community, for the equipment necessary to continue providing the highest level of care to their tiniest patients and new moms.”

Boulder Community Health is a nonprofit regional health care system serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The BCH Foundation was established in 1978 to “inspire giving in support of BCH to enhance the quality and availability of health care in our community,” according to the release, and over the past five years it has granted $15 million in funds to BCH.