Kaps 4 Kids Presentation
On April 5th, 5
members of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc, Charleston Base visited
the children’s wing of the McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC. The
trip was arranged by Bill “Friar Tuck” Kennedy and his daughter Sarah Rolan, Director
of Nursing. Those visiting were Bill Kennedy, Rick Sparger, Ed Stank, Ken
Hutchison and Bill Hayes. The group was escorted by Allana Hilley, a Child Life
Specialist and visited about 15 children ranging in age from a new born to 15
years old. Each child were presented with a “Kaps for Kids” honorary submariner
certificate, ball cap, coloring books and crayons.
Since 1992, a
specially designated Children's Hospital Ambulance has transported children and
newborns from community hospitals throughout the region to high-tech,
lifesaving specialists at the Children's Hospital. In 1994, McLeod opened the
region's only five-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - designed, staffed
and equipped, especially for children. In 1997, the PICU was upgraded from a
five-bed unit to a six-bed unit and is currently under the direction of three
board-certified pediatric intensivists.
Today, nearly 100
beds at McLeod are dedicated to serving the needs of children, including those
in the Children's Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, PICU, and Day
Pediatric Critical Care group was established in 1992. McLeod currently has six
pediatric subspecialists encompassing the subspecialties of pediatric
cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric
neurology, pediatric general surgery and pediatric orthopedic surgery. In
addition, McLeod is joined by a satellite clinic from the Medical University of
South Carolina in the field of pediatric pulmonology.
Hospital is an institutional member of the Association for the Care of
Children's Health, the South Carolina Children's Hospital Collaborative, and Children's
Miracle Network Hospitals.
Hospital is one of 170 Children's Hospitals in North America that Comprise the Children's
Miracle Network Hospitals. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), a
non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping children by raising funds and
awareness for affiliate hospitals. Each year, these non-profit hospitals treat
more than 17 million children afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects
of every kind. A hallmark of CMNH is that 100 percent of every dollar raised in
a community stays there to help children in need.