Grant helps purchase equipment for birthing center

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, as well as individual gifts from community members, the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation has recently purchased three new fetal monitoring units for the Birthing Center at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH).

The equipment will be used to ensure that, prior to delivery, the baby is not experiencing fetal distress or oxygen levels low enough to require immediate intervention to keep the baby safe.

Two of the monitors will be used to evaluate the fetal heart rate during high-risk pregnancies and false labor on women who have not yet been admitted to the hospital. The third monitor will replace old equipment and will be used in the caesarean section (C-section) room. If distress is detected in either the triage or C-section rooms, the medical team will implement or modify interventions to ensure the most positive outcomes for the baby and mother.

“We are grateful to the Siletz Tribe, as well as our community members, for their support of this vital equipment for labor and delivery at SPCH,” said Ursula Marinelli, executive director, PCHD Foundation. “As a nonprofit health care provider, the hospital does not turn anyone away for inability to pay, and so we rely on the generosity of philanthropic partners to help us provide essential services in our communities. This grant from the tribe and the gifts from our community help ensure that families can continue birthing babies close to home.”

In the last two years, 390 babies were born in the SPCH Birthing Center, which is now located inside the hospital’s new addition.

To learn more about the work of the PCHD Foundation, call Marinelli at 541-574-4745.


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