Centra & Centra Foundation Announce New Neonatal Transport Vehicle

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May 02, 2019
On May 1st, Centra, through the generous support of the Centra Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Centra Foundation, will reveal the new Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Vehicle, Neo One.  Neo One will replace the existing van and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art mobile intensive care unit with the ability to transport two patients, or a patient and a family member, and up to four staff.
The transport team, the first in the state of Virginia, was started at Virginia Baptist Hospital in 1973 by Peter Houck, MD.  Dr. Houck and Mary Highton, RN, NNP, completed the first transport in the back of a station wagon. The team now consists of roughly 25 staff members including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and in some cases a neonatal practitioner.   
Neo One will serve the central Virginia area including Lynchburg, Bedford, Gretna, Halifax, Farmville and Danville.  Carolyn Jacques, vice president of Centra Women and Children’s Services, states, “In order to better serve our community, it is our priority to give our patients the highest standard of quality and care, more importantly we want to provide peace of mind to new parents. Neo One ensures their loved ones are being transported safely.  Our goal is to be the top facility for treating respiratory neonatal patients in central Virginia.  This new van will transport our patients as well as transporting patients from other facilities who in the past may have sought care outside our community.”
The idea for the new transport vehicle began two years ago and is the result of vision, history and generous donors within our community.  The cost of the vehicle was covered entirely through gifts to Centra’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) and the Centra Foundation.  “The Centra Foundation is so grateful for the hard-working volunteer committee members from the Children’s Miracle Ball, Log-A-Load and Credit Unions for Kids; Centra CMNH’s national partners like Walmart, Speedway, Panda Express, IHOP, RE/MAX and Dairy Queen, who fundraise in our communities at the local level. A special thanks also goes out to Wheeler Broadcasting for funds provided by the annual Q99 Dick and Dave’s Miracle Day Radiothon.  Neo One is a shining example of how donations stay local.   We hope as it travels around central and southside Virginia it serves as a reminder of how these gifts have local impact,” said Michelle Thomas, corporate development manager at the Centra Foundation.
A celebratory reveal is planned on the front lawn of Virginia Baptist Hospital, 3300 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia. 24503, on May 1st at 3:30 pm. Centra, Centra Foundation and local community leadership will be in attendance.  The community is invited to join us as we mark this milestone.