$100,000 Wells Fargo Gift Supports Premature Babies; Other Key Services

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FRESNO – A gift from Wells Fargo will help grow the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) operated by Children’s at Saint Agnes Medical Center to an eight-bed level III NICU, treating more critically ill babies. This is the second year that Wells Fargo has elected to support the NICU, allowing a higher level of care to be provided to babies at Saint Agnes.

Wells Fargo donated more than $52,000 to Children’s for the NICU at Saint Agnes, with the remainder of the gift, $48,000, directed to support a variety of key hospital programs like Kids Day, Harvest Ball and Radiothon.

Since 1985, Children’s six-bed, level II NICU at Saint Agnes has treated ill babies who needed a higher level of treatment than a regular nursery. Currently, critically ill babies who need more advanced intensive care are transported to our regional level III NICU at Children’s Hospital 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 opens soon.

“So many families depend on the hospital for advanced care for their children,” said David Galasso, Wells Fargo Northern and Central California regional president. “Being able to invest in Children’s and their NICU program directly and positively impacts the lives of families throughout the region. We’re proud of our ongoing partnership with Children’s.”

“Through the support we’ve received from Wells Fargo, we’ve been able to translate a vision for care into reality for our region’s children,” 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.”

Wells Fargo is a longtime partner of Children’s, providing gifts that have supported the Adaptive Sports Program, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and other key services of the hospital.

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