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Children's Miracle Network Hospitals


Sanford Children's Hospital affiliation with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals helps us to raise money for much needed high tech equipment, child and family support programs, education and research. 100 percent of the money raised in our region stays at Sanford Children's Hospital. Following is a partial list of equipment, programs and research that our donors have helped to fund.

High Tech Equipment

Specialized Surgical Instrumentation for our Pediatric Orthopedist

These child and adolescent-sized surgical tools enable the doctor to do scoliosis surgical correction.

Infant Warming Unit

Special neonatal beds that provide access to the infant during critical periods of their hospitalization.

Infant Isolettes

Incubators that provide heat and humidity and decrease noise levels.

Transport Isolette

High-tech, specialized isolette used to transport critically ill infants from outlying hospitals to Sanford Health. Isolette is equipped with monitoring capabilities, ventilator, IV pumps and equipment needed to fit in a helicopter or airplane.

Giraffe OmniBed

This bed is different from an isolette, in that it serves as both an incubator and as an open bed. The bed reduces noise, increases humidity and helps enable the baby's temperature to remain constant.

Infant Bili Lights and Bili Blankets

Used on 99 percent of infants admitted to the NICU, bili lights help in the breakdown of bilirubin in the blood during the first days of life.

Drager Evita XL Ventilators

Used to support conventional ventilation needs for patients in the Children's Hospital. Can be used on the smallest, preterm infant to the largest pediatric patient.

Sensormedics High Frequency Oscillator Ventilator and Bunnell High Frequency Jet Ventilator

These high frequency ventilators usually provide better gas exchange (moving oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of the lungs) using less pressure than other ventilators. They work on the principle that it is gentler to send gas in and out of the lungs by delivering smaller breaths more often.

Cardinal Airlife Infant Nasal CPAP

Provides infants with a gentle and non-invasive method of breathing support which works for and with the respiratory-compromised infant, offering an alternative to more invasive form of respiratory support.

Distraction Tools

High-tech, high-touch tools are used to distract and help children cope when having a painful/invasive/stressful procedure.

Pediatric Bronchoscope

This very fragile equipment is vital in diagnosing problems in the airways and lungs of very small infants and children. These scopes are sophisticated fiberoptic technology that allows our Pediatric Pulmonary/Allergy Specialist to "take a peek" into the tiny airways of very small children without compromising their ability to breath. Adult sized technology is far too big. This scope allows the doctor to "look around," take cultures, take specimens of tissue and videotape what he is seeing to look at motion of the airways and suspicious looking tissues, etc.

Cardiac Event Monitors

Monitors for our Pediatric Cardiologist for children that have suspected rhythm disturbances. These lightweight systems are placed on the child with electrode patches and they continuously monitor the heart rate and rhythm and are later analyzed by the cardiologist.

Specialized Lift Chair

This is a specialized bed/chair that is used for children who have been critically ill and in an extreme weakened state due to prolonged intensive care. Also children who have had extensive spinal suregery benefit from this device. The nurses are able to slide the child painlessly onto this bed, and gradually increase their position to sitting and then to standing with minimal effort. This equipment has decreased the pain of getting up for the first time after very complex intensive care or injuries. It is also used in the ongoing rehabilitation of children with mobility issues, paralysis, and other neurologic problems.

Child Abuse Interviews Environment and Technology

A child friendly "living room" style interview room was furnished and fitted with audio/video technology that enables specially trained child abuse interviewers to help the child tell their story in a saffe environment. The taping of sessions allows for the child's own words to be used in court without trauma to the clid in re-telling the story. In addition, specialized therapeutic dolls were purchased for use in this program.

Retinal Camera

Retinal camera was purchased for use in photography of the retinal area when a diagnosis of "shaken baby syndrome" is in question.

Pediatric Gastroscope

This equipment is designed for use by our Pediatric Gastroenterologist, the only one in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota,. With this fiberoptic scope he is able to visually examine the GI system of infants and children, take biopsies and specimens.

Pediatric Therapy, Rehabilitation and Assessment Tools

Specialized assessment and therapy equipment for the Pediatric Therapy Departments (PT, OT, Speech) is used every single day for children in the Children's Hospital and those recovering and rehabilitating at home by our specially trained pediatric therapists.

Rehabilitation Wheelchair

Specialized rehabilitation wheelchair for children who have acquired a life-changing brain injury. This chair enables the child to be up and out of bed while providing very customized support of their head, trunk, arms and legs.

LifeFlight Transport Ventilator for Children

Used to support the ventilation of infants and children being transported by helicopter, fixed wing or ground ambulance from the region to the Children's Hospital. This lifesaving technology is the size of a laptop computer, so is compact for flying and very accurate in its ability to adapt from a small infant to a big teenage boy.

Wheelchair Scale

Enables us to get accurate weight for children who are wheelchair bound. This is such a comfort to a child to know that they don't have to be lifted out and held. It is a critical tool in supporting the dignity and mastery of children confined to a wheelchair.

Portable Echocardiogram Equipment

This phenomenal technology is an "echo machine in a briefcase." It is a vital tool for our Pediatric Cardiologist to take to outreach clinics throughout North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota, where there may not be access to the technology to do an echo on a small child. The test can be performed, read and a decision can be made about what level of intervention the child may need based on the degree of heart disease found.

Pediatric Monitors

Monitoring systems for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Monitoring of very small premature infants and children of all sizes requires monitors that can capture those very different variations in heart rates, respiratory rates, blood pressures etc.

Camino Intracranial Pressure Monitoring System

This very sensitive, tiny device is placed between layers of tissue below the skull right next to the brain tissue and allows us to monitor the pressure of the brain in situations where a child is having brain swelling from a head injury or serious metabolic disturbance. This technology is vital in preserving brain tissue while the injury subsides.

Amplatzer Atrial Septal Occluder

A device that is implanted by our Pediatric Cardiologist by way of catheters inserted into a vein. This procedure means many things to patients-a dramatic reduction in the amount of pain, less time in the hospital, less risk, less trauma to the body and less recovery time. For many children this procedure will prevent an open heart procedure to close the small hole in a child's heart.


A scope which contains an excellent light source and magnification system which allows the physician to see physical evidence of sexual abuse. The scope also has photographic capibility which enhances the medicolegal assessment and the testimony of the physician as an expert witness.

Memory Boxes

This project is a "labor of love", and is made possible by the crafty hands and the caring hearts of the staff in the Children's Hospital and the Family Birth center. At the time of the impending death of an infant or child, the staff present the family with a beautiful handcrafted fabric box that can hold momemtos of the child and familes last moments. A lock of hair, plaster mold of the child's small hands or feet, cards and booklets about grieving and coping and support material. For many parents, the memory box is a treasured momento, and for staff it is a tool that helps them to support families in the death of a child.

Neonatal Transport Nurse Program

The Sanford Children's Hospital Neonatal Transport team consists of registered nurses who train into an extended role of a Neonatal Transport Nurse. The role of the neonatal transport nurse is extremely specialized. They provide emergency care to neonates/infants up to 3 months of age at referral sites and enroute to Sanford Children's Hospital using the LifeFlight air ambulance or ground transport. The referral sites include 34 counties in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. They also provide 24-hour, in-house coverage for all neonatal emergencies in the NICU, Family Birth Center or Emergency Center at Sanford Health.

Child Life Specialists

Sanford Children's Hospital's Certified Child Life Specialists are specially trained staff who help children deal with their feelings and fears during hospitalization. Using dolls, puppets and other toys they teach children about their bodies. They apply special relaxation and guided imagery techniques and use a distraction unit to help reduce pain and fear. Child Life Specialists work with children in all areas of Sanford hospital and clinic, including the emergency room. They also make sure children get plenty of normal "kid stuff" things to do whenever possible.

Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Respiratory Therapists

These Respiratory Therapists play an integral part in the Children's Hospital as well as the Lifeflight team. With additional training, they provide emergency care on neonatal and pediatric transports. They work side by side with the Neonatal and Adult Lifeflight teams at referral sites and enroute to Sanford Children's Hospital using the LifeFlight air or ground ambulance.

Hospital Teacher

For school-age children who do not want to get behind in their classes, Sanford Children's Hospital and Fargo Public Schools offer the services of an in-hospital teacher. The teacher works one-on-one with the hospitalized child and with the child's teachers to ensure a successful transition back into the school setting.

Brain Injury Program

A Pediatric Brain Injury website has been in development for professionals in rural North Dakota who are responsible for porviding aftercare and services to children with acquired brain injury.

Children's Surgery Guide

The Children's Surgery Guide helps prepare children who will undergo surgery and hospitalization by allowing an opportunity for the child to see the surgery area, touch objects that will be part of their care and ask the scary quesitons on their mind. Certified child life specialists and nurses teach children and parents.

School Re-entry

After a child has gone through a life-changing experience such as the diagnosis of cancer, diabetes or following a brain injury, Sanford Children's Hospital staff will visit the child's classroom, church group, sports team or a gathering of peers to help the child make a smooth transition from "patient life" to "normal life."

SHARE Program

The primary purpose of SHARE is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced after the time of/or following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual and social healing as well as sustaining the family unit. SHARE provides information, education, and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to aid those in the community, including family, friends, employers, members of the congregation, caregivers and others in their supportive role.

Windmill Parent Retreat

An annual retreat for patents who have children with complex medical needs. Funds assist in the provision of speakers and educational offerings for the parents in attendance.

Kamp Kacee

A camp for children with cancer and also for their siblings, a "most special camp". Children's Hospital provides the camp nurse and other staff who supervise and support the campers. We also contibute the art program staff and supplies.

Autism Conference

A semi-annual event which is a parent and professional conference which brings state of the art information/education and parent support for those caring for children with autism in their families, day care, schools etc.

Participation in the Vermont-Oxford Study

A comparative database that allows the NICU to evaluate their patient outcomes benchmarking with other NICUs across the United States. We rank in the upper 8 percentile in the United States for our outcomes.

Delivery Room Management Trial

This study allows the NICU participation in a research study through Vermont Oxford. This study will focus on modalities for respiratory support for premature infants.

Participation in the PICU Study

A comparative data base that allows the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians and staff to evaluate their patient outcomes benchmarking with other PICUs across the US. We rank in the upper 25 percentile in the US for our outcomes.

Impact of Smoking on Cancer Stage at Diagnosis

Smoking is associated with cancer spread at diagnosis. This finding has major implications for future research and offers support for the notion that, with regard to cigarette smoking, "it's never too late to quit."

Study on Impact of Pediatric T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and Acute Leukemia along Major Highways

The manuscript describes the incidences of childhood ALL and NHL in North Dakota from 1991 to 2002. During this time, the overall incidences of ALL and NHL were stable. A striking increase in the incidence of T-Cell but not B-cell disease was, however, observed from 1997 to 2002 when compared with the incidence from 1991 to 1996. T-cell cases were distributed along major highways, paralleling the distribution of microwave and cellular phone towers. The significance of these observations is uncertain.

Prostate Cancer: Effects of Smoking on Progression, Risk of Second Malignancy and Survival

The manuscript describes a study evaluating the natural history of prostate cancer in current, previous and non-smokers. Endpoints evaluated include time to disease progression or recurrence, time to development of a second malignant neoplasm and tumor-specific and overall survival.