Last Friday, Area Sales Manager JB Leeming and I were honored to represent Voalte at A Night with Nemours, the third annual black-tie gala at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida. This year’s event benefited the hospital’s Transport Program, raising more than $580,000 for the purchase of a specially outfitted ambulance.
Sen. Bill Nelson and Mrs. Grace Nelson served as the event’s Honorary Chairs. Dr. David Bailey, President and CEO of the Nemours Foundation, and Roger Oxendale, hospital CEO, spoke about the hospital’s critical mission to restore and improve the health of children. And hundreds of the hospital’s supporters turned up in tuxedoes and evening gowns to donate to the cause.
But the star of the evening was a six-month-old baby. Little Sophia was born 15 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound, 15 ounces. Her arrival was a scary surprise to her parents, who live in a rural community. They took the stage to tell the story of their daughter’s birth and the efforts to save her life.
In the critical moments after Sophia was born, the local hospital reached out to Nemours, which quickly dispatched a team of neonatal specialists in a high-tech ambulance. They transported the tiny baby to Nemours Children’s Hospital in an Isolette, an incubator that creates a controlled environment of heat, humidity and oxygen for premature infants, starting Sophia’s treatment even before she arrived at the state-of-the-art facility.
Only two years after its grand opening, Nemours is a shining example of the next generation of healthcare facilities. Some of its high-tech features include:
- A sophisticated electronic health record that’s ranked among the best in the country.
- A care coordination system that helps families schedule multiple appointments, research medical information and find public resources.
- A Clinical Logistics Center staffed by medical professionals who remotely track patient vital signs 24 hours a day, acting as eyes and ears even when a nurse is away from the bedside.
- A Voalte smartphone platform for efficient caregiver communication.
- A GetWellNetwork with a touch-screen monitor for patients to watch TV, surf the Web, play music and games, and even “paint” their rooms a favorite color.
Today, Sophia is home with her parents and thriving. Listening to her father describe their ordeal and express gratitude for the care his baby received at Nemours reminded me that advances in healthcare are not about technology. The technology is merely a tool that helps caregivers care for patients and families like Sophia and her parents. Playing even a small part in that is a great honor.
Matt Peterson is Eastern Regional Sales Director at Voalte.