We are asking for your support again this year to ensure that the Hospital can continue to provide exceptional care to all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Injuries are the nation’s #1 cause of child death and disability - and most of these incidents are preventable. The Hospital staff are in a unique position to evaluate patients during emergency and routine visits, assess the home setting, and provide essential equipment to ensure kids stay safe.
covers 5% of the cost for a new EEG machine for the NICU
covers a medical specialty car seat
purchases 100 bike helmets
supplies 10 overnight EEG caps
provides a Halo SleepSack and a crib
Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for children. Studies have consistently shown that socioeconomic status and race determine injury risk. The hospital provides approximately 350 car seats to families for free each year.
Safe Sleeping Program
$3,500 funds a NICU NicView Camera that allows a parent to view the progress of their newborn for days or months while their infant is cared for in the NICU. The camera streams video images around the clock on any device with internet access. These images can be shared with relatives and friends anywhere bringing comfort in stressful times.
Bicycle, scooter, skateboard, and in-line skate injuries have skyrocketed during the pandemic. The effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are devastating on individual families emotionally, and on our society economically. BCHO gives approximately 600 helmets for free to patients annually.
EEG Machine and Special EEG Neonatal Caps
The Hospital needs our help to improve their ability to monitor seizures in infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Seizures are the way that babies’ bodies communicate their distress but 80% go undetected by visual observation.
Currently, setting up the equipment to perform the necessary test (an Electroencephalogram or EEG) is a labor-intensive process that must be done by a trained technician. If a baby is admitted overnight when these technicians are not available, critical hours of monitoring are lost. Timely treatment of seizures has been shown to result in better developmental outcomes.
A new EEG machine ($50,000) with special overnight caps ($100 per cap) would allow for easy application by the nurses at any time of the day or night as well as remote monitoring by physicians.
While the Social Services department does not diagnose illnesses or perform surgeries, they make a huge difference in supporting patient families. They provide grocery cards, gas cards, hot meals during long days at the hospital, medical supplies/equipment not covered by insurance, lodging for families who live at a distance from the hospital and more to alleviate the financial strain.
100% of your donation will go directly to these Fund-A-Needs.
NICU NicView Camera Kits
Last year, during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, your support did not waver. As a result, we funded crib-side cameras for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) so that parents and family members could connect with their infants virtually and resources for the families of hospital patients who were struggling to meet their basic needs.
funds a NICU NICView camera that allows a parent to view the progress of their newborn for days or months while their infant is care for in the NICU
enables a family who lives more than 75 miles from the hospital to find closer housing for extended stays
provides hot meals for parents spending long hours at the hospital
provides diapers, wipes, baby clothes, diaper bag, blanket, a baby carrier and a gift card, additional supplies such as gas cards for families who may live 50-90 miles away.
purchases an Evenflo SureRide DLX Car Seat. Families often arrive with inappropriate or unsafe car seats. Your support would ensure that a child can ride safely.
By mail/check from a Charitable Trust:
(If payment must be sent to the official address associated with CHB’s Federal Tax ID #94-2227650.)
Please make checks payable directly to:
Children's Hospital Branches, Inc.
Attention: The Winter Ball
5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (T-2)
Oakland, CA 94609-1673
Phone: (510) 428-3355
By sale of Stocks and/or Mutual Funds:
2161 Allston Way, Suite A, Berkeley CA 94704
Children's Hospital Branches, Inc.
(Please specify: “Attention: Hill Branch/Winter Ball”)
DTC Number: 0057
Account #: 307-19397-1-8
(925) 254-7306 to make your donation or other payment by phone, using a major credit card.