Faces were adorned with visors, sunglasses and smiles at Hardscrabble Country Club as 74 ladies did not let the heat deter them from participating in “Birdies Fore Babies” on Aug. 31. The event is sponsored by the St. Edward Mercy Foundation. In its seventh year the River Valley’s largest ladies golf tournament raised $33,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
This year’s proceeds will go to help purchase a Criticool Pro temperature management and patient monitoring system. The Criticool will be vital to preventing brain damage to babies that had a lack of oxygen during delivery. It does this by slowing the metabolic process and giving the brain time to heal.
The six previous Birdies FORE Babies tournaments have raised $96,420. This year pushed to a total of just more than $129,000. Past funds have been used toward the purchase Giraffe Omnibeds which are state-of-the-art incubators for premature babies, a NICU Voyager Transporter that allows ambulances to transport critical premature babies, a Mobile Stand Glidescope System used for intubation and other educational and developmental equipment.
The only level three care NICU in the River Valley, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center strives to provide not only top-notch equipment but is proud to have two full-time neonatal specialist physicians on staff to care for the needs of our tiniest patients.