‘Giving Giggles’ gets boost
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 02, 2017 - Get Involved

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The KGH Foundation is announcing an unprecedented $22,000 gift from Kelowna’s Department of Family Practice – Obstetrics Group supporting the ‘Giving Giggles’ campaign for KGH’s Perinatal Unit.

A group effort, involving 16 maternity doctors

“Only a very small number of family doctors in Kelowna provide maternity care, and we often find ourselves supporting each other at all hours of the day and night. It’s important for us to come together and show our support for the new Perinatal Unit, which is allowing us to provide more patient and family-centered maternity care. We feel privileged to work in this team environment, in this wonderful new facility, to provide the best care and experience we can to families during this special time,” says Dr. Julie Parker

Opening one year ago, the brand new Perinatal Unit at KGH boasts an open and bright modern space, single and semi-private post-partum recovery rooms, an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a new surgical suite and central neonatal monitoring system.

Since its opening more than 1,600 babies have been born, with close to 15 per cent of all babies requiring acute care. It’s for this reason that the maternity doctors felt their support was invaluable.

“There is no greater reward for professional effort than seeing a new mother and father look into the eyes of their new baby, or when your skill and experience allows a safe birth to happen. It is a joy to give back towards our patients and this Unit – we want to ensure families have the best possible start,” says Dr. Marjorie Docherty

The $22,000 gift brings the KGH Foundation one step closer to its $2.5 million goal. KGH is teasing an “important announcement” next week regarding the campaign.

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