Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation

Enhancing the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families in the Rocky Mountain region. We are committed to improving the overall health of children by offering services rooted in four areas: Patient & Family Assistance, Mothers' Milk Bank, Stink Bug Project and Best Start Program.

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Mothers' Milk Bank

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Description

Opening in May of 1984, Mothers' Milk Bank has since been serving Denver and reaching out to other communities around the U.S. Mothers' Milk Bank safely screens, collects, processes and dispenses donated human milk as a community service, providing human milk to babies whose own mothers cannot supply the milk to meet their baby's needs. Mother's Milk Bank is the largest nonprofit milk bank in the North America. In 2017, MMB will process and dispense more than 900,000 ounces of donor milk.

A program of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation, Mothers' Milk Bank is one of 13 operating donor human milk banks in North America. Since 1984, more than 10,000 women have generously donated 4.8 million ounces of lifesaving human milk to help babies. The milk is sent to 120 different hospitals in 35 states supplying milk to babies across the country.

For more information or to become a milk donor, visit www.milkbankcolorado.org. Mothers' Milk Bank accepts financial donations to help with charity care.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, 13 new Donation and Outreach Centers and Sites were opened, bringing the total to more than 70 access the country collecting human milk from donors. 740,077 ounces of life-saving donor human milk was dispensed to fragile babies in NICUs and outpatients across the country. Just one ounce of milk can feed a micro-preemie for an entire day. This is a 17% increase from 2015, where 630,374 ounces were dispensed.

"It felt so rewarding being able to donate milk. I am a NICU nurse and I see the benefits donor milk has on our babies. I wanted to contribute to the process."
- Erin, Milk Donor

"The doctor told us human milk is extremely beneficial because it lowers risk of infection. We agreed knowing that it was the best thing for our daughter. We were so grateful that a mother out there has donated her milk so our baby girl could have the best start possible to life."
- Jessica, Mother of Milk Recipient

Patient and Family Assistance Fund

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Patient and Family Assistance program provides direct support to help cover critical non-medical expenses to families with children in the midst of long-term medical care or when an emergency occurs. Support is provided in response to each family's unique needs and may include gas, grocery or pharmacy cards, assistance with rent/mortgage or utility payments, car seats for infants whose parents can't afford one, clothing, blankets, diapers and other baby essentials. Families experience relief from stressful financial situations and also benefit from knowing our community is there when they need it most. Through referrals, the Patient and Family Assistance program provides:

Grants for emergency financial assistance up to $1,000 per family in need to cover emergency expenses such as rent/mortgage/utilities for a parent who takes time off work to remain at their child's bedside or the cost of special equipment, such as a blinking baby monitor for deaf parents of an infant.

Should patients have urgent needs for transportation, food or emergency supplies, the Patient and Family Assistance program may provide store gift cards, transportation vouchers, clothing and diapers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As of June 30, 2017, 2,454 patients and families were provided items, financial support or services through resources of Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation and the Programs Department. We are on track to provide patient and family assistance to over 5,000 families in 2017. This year, 762 request/report forms for Patient and Family Assistance were submitted by our partners at local hospitals and health care organizations. In the second quarter of 2016, we had received 603 requests, representing a 26% increase this year. Among those requests, we've provided 692 gift cards to 440 families by hospital social workers.

A family recently referred by Tri-County Health for grocery assistance and respite care sent the following note:
"Words cannot express how thankful my husband and I are to receive support. It is programs like these that give us relief and much needed help. No one plans to have a child early therefore you are never really ready for the challenges in the NICU and after. We look forward to having the extra and much needed support."


"Recently a hearing impaired couple gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. They needed a monitor that would vibrate and flash lights to alert the parents if the baby was crying. RMCHF was able to provide the monitor to the family and offer the support that was needed."
Social Worker from North Suburban

"One of our moms from Granby was in labor at 26 weeks. Her husband could not make it for the delivery and she had no money for a phone card or cell phone. She was able to use the donated Cricket phone provided by the Patient and Family Assistance Fund to talk to him throughout the labor and delivery- so he could not be there physically, but they were still together via phone- they were very thankful."
Labor and Delivery social worker from PSL

The Best Start Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents
Single Parents

Description

The Best Start Program was formed in 2017 with the aim to give every baby born in Colorado the best start in life. We believe that babies who are safe, nourished and nurtured during this time will have the best chance to flourish as toddlers and older children. In partnership with The Baby Box Co., the program was built to utilize and leverage an array of our exciting partners to ensure vital education and support is coordinated effectively and accessible to all new parents and each participant receives a free Baby Box.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since the launch in July,more than 3,000 Baby Boxes have been shipped to Colorado to be distributed from RMCHF and partners around the state. More than 85 boxes have gone out the door as expecting moms and new parents stop in to get their Best Start Baby Boxes. We currently have 37 distribution partners all over Colorado.

The Stink Bug Project

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Families
Physically Disabled

Description

The Stink Bug Project supports families who have a child diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness. We provide well-trained, loving companion dogs from the Prison Trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries. Dogs lower stress for patients and caregivers and we think that finding the perfect best friend during this stressful time will make a huge difference. We also find ways to help siblings who tend to get lost in the shuffle during this difficult time.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2016 was a record shattering year; 28 dogs were adopted by Stink Bug families. As of June 30, 2017, seven Stink Bug Project adoptions were completed for families with children with pediatric medical conditions. We have now completed 83 adoptions since the inception of the Stink Bug Project, and we are actively planning to reach 100 adoptions during Allison Winn's senior year in high school, with events set to honor her legacy with the Stink Bug Project. Allison Winn founded the Stink Bug Project when she was six years old and had a brain tumor. At the time, she wanted a comfort companion to be a great friend during tough times. Seven years later, she still helps other kids fighting serious illness, in pain and feeling lonely, by matching them with their own forever friend. Thanks to our continuing partnership with the Prison-Trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries the Stink Bug Project continues to be able to place numerous pre-trained, companion dogs in their forever homes each year. One of the most unique aspects of this program is that it saves dogs, both pure bred and mixed breed, from humane shelters and other animal rescues all over Colorado and surrounding states. Each dog that is chosen for the Prison-Trained K-9 Program is hand selected, and temperament tested. The Stink Bug Project pays the cost of the adoption from the prison training program and provides each adoptive family with a gift card to purchase the food and gear that will make their pet comfortable in their home.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Patients Fund

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Description

Provides support to families with babies in the NICU by donating car seats, diapers, blankets, clothing and other essentials.

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, 49 infants left the hospital and arrived home safe and sound in brand-new car seats. Standard car seats oftentimes do not meet the needs of premature, tiny infants. Specialized seats can be expensive in addition to the unexpected stay in the NICU. These car seats were issued to parents, providing the necessary safety for babies and peace of mind. 229 babies have received a total of 5,144 diapers from local hospitals and various nurse visitation programs throughout the community.

Wings Of Hope

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Families

Description

Wings of Hope program provides luggage bags filled with necessary items to parents facing an unexpected overnight hospital stay when their child is diagnosed with a life changing medical condition and are immediately admitted to the hospital. Most times when a child is admitted into the hospital, parents don't want to leave their side to get any supplies they may need during their stay. It is our hope to make hospital stays more comfortable and less stressful on parents by providing a luggage bag packed with necessary items for an unexpected overnight stay.

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, This program provided 7 Wings of Hope bags to families with unexpected hospitalizations. These overnight bags are filled with toiletries, grooming equipment, and necessities and given to parents whose children may have been flown to the hospital, or transported directly to the hospital from a clinic visit. Last year Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation provided a total of 12 Wings of Hope bags.

Cardiology Patients Fund

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Description

The Cardiology Patients Fund provides support for patients and families during their ongoing and often intensive treatments or surgeries.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is shown when families who have been helped and supported by RMCHF are better prepared for unexpected situations during difficult times in their lives.

Pediatric Oncology Patients Fund

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Families

Description

The Pediatric Oncology Patients Fund provides support for patient events and activities to help ease the stress of the long and intensive treatments these patients must undergo.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is shown when families who have been helped and supported by RMCHF are better prepared for unexpected situations during difficult times in their lives.

Maternal Fetal Assistance Fund

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Description

The Maternal Fetal Assistance Fund was created to help support patient assistance for mothers and infants with serious medical conditions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is shown when families who have been helped and supported by RMCHF are better prepared for unexpected situations during difficult times in their lives.

Jake Snakenberg Fund

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

In the fall of 2004, Jake Snakenberg was a freshman football player at a suburban high school. He likely sustained a concussion the previous week; however he didn't fully understand his symptoms and didn't report them. One week later Jake took a typical hit in a game, collapsed on the field and never regained consciousness. Jake later passed away from Second Impact Syndrome. This fund was established to help support the REAP Project, a community based model for concussion management.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is shown when families who have been helped and supported by RMCHF are better prepared for unexpected situations during difficult times in their lives.

The Education and Outreach Fund

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Education and Outreach Fund supports nurses and care givers with continuing education and training to improve medical care for children. We provide certain medical support and nursing staff financial assistance for training, conferences and mission/learning trips. With the help to subsidize their knowledge base and understanding of the essential care required for these children, this generous group of professionals hopes to improve medical care for the critical pediatric population.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success is shown when families who have been helped and supported by RMCHF are better prepared for unexpected situations during difficult times in their lives.

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