Wells Fargo Makes $100,000 Gift to Children’s Hospital

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments by

FRESNO, Calif. – A $100,000 gift from Wells Fargo will help Children’s grow the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) operated by Children’s at Saint Agnes Medical Center to an eight-bed community level III NICU to care for more critically ill babies.

Wells Fargo donated $75,000 to Children’s for the NICU at Saint Agnes, and the remaining $25,000 of the gift will support a variety of hospital programs.

Since 1985, Children’s six-bed, level II NICU at Saint Agnes has treated ill babies who needed a higher level care than a regular nursery provides. Currently, critically ill babies who need more advanced intensive care are transported to the regional level III NICU at Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera.

The new level III NICU provides advanced treatment for babies who need it to survive and develop, and makes it possible, when appropriate, for more newborns to stay with their moms who delivered at Saint Agnes. The expanded NICU should open in fall of 2013.

“Quality health care is an extremely important part of a community’s well-being,” said David Galasso Wells Fargo Northern and Central California regional president. “We are pleased to invest in Children’s and their NICU program, helping to change the lives of families throughout California.”

“Children’s has been able to provide more and better service to children and their families thanks to the ongoing support we’ve received from Wells Fargo,” said Jim Miller, vice president for the Children’s Hospital Central California Foundation. “This NICU is a key element of Children’s Maternal Fetal program, the only program in the region that links the care of moms who have high risk pregnancies with the specialists who care for their babies before, during and after delivery.”

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