PITTSBURG — The Mount Carmel Foundation reports that last week’s Emerald Anniversary Gala was the “best gala yet,” raising $114,000 for Ascension Via Christi Hospital.
The foundation had a full house with 400 guests and 32 underwriters this year.
“We are very excited and very grateful for the people who made it happen,” Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Johnna Norton said. “We will definitely put the funds to good use for our patients.”
Part of the money raised will help the hospital’s tiniest patients — newborns. The funding will provide two NeoBlue Phototherapy beds for inpatients in the nursery and two NeoBlue belts for outpatient use through the foundation’s “fund a need.”
“We’re excited to be able to help and we are excited to help the littlest of patients,” Norton said.
The foundation will also provide funding for a pediatric room in the Emergency Department.
Along with the nursery and pediatric funding, the foundation has spoke to departments within the hospital — managers, directors and staff — to see what they need. Those grants will be distributed to their respective departments.
Funding will also be provided to help patients with transportation, equipment and other patient needs.
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