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Hospital,Singer make big push for mobile pediatric ICU

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Something New Hanover Regional Medical Center does not have is a mobile pediatric intensive care unit.

“The need gets pressing,” said NHRMC’s Damian Brezinski, MD. “The last couple of weeks we’ve actually seen that need in children and you can’t transport them by standard ambulance, it’s riskier; it has a higher mortality rate. We’re just here to save as many little lives as we can.”

Since the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital treats sick infants from nine surrounding counties, getting them there can waste precious time.

“It takes about 30-45 minutes to up-fit a standard ambulance to get the type of care we need to transport those patients into our hospital. Sometimes we don’t have that 30-45 minutes,” described Dr. Brezinski.

Plus, there are some services not offered at NHRMC, so children have to be transported to places like Chapel Hill and Duke, yet another reason why a mobile pediatric ICU is needed.

That is where international singer-songwriter Edwin McCain comes into the equation. He recently stopped by the hospital to perform for the children, and kick off a fundraiser with a $5,000 donation.

McCain said, “I understand, when walking through NICU and pediatric wing what that means, as the son of pediatrician, I understand what care for this region means, especially a mobile ICU unit.”

In November, McCain and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra are holding a concert to raise $125,000. That money, along with a matching donation, will pay for the mobile pediatric ICU.

“It’s hard to think of it to giving because I benefit so much from this, this is my favorite thing in the world to do, is to do what I do for a good cause,” said McCain.

The concert takes place Saturday, November 7th at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at the Kenan Box Office. Tickets for adults are $40 and $20 for UNCW students.

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videoWhen a child is sick, there is a hospital in Wilmington that is devoted to treating their illness. But there is one important piece of equipment the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital does not have, and there is a big push underway to change that.

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