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St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation Hosts Annual ‘Call for Kids’ Mediathon

Posted at 4:35 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 18:43:53-05

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BILLINGS, Mont. (February 26, 2020) – St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation will present the sixth annual Call for Kids Mediathon on Wednesday, March 11. Listen to Cat Country 102.9 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to hear stories of courage, hope and strength. Funds raised will benefit St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare services, including the region’s first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staffed 24/7 by Pediatric Intensivists and the only Pediatric Surgery program in Eastern Montana.

“Gifts received through our Call for Kids Mediathon help make it possible for St. Vincent Healthcare to provide our pediatric patients with a continuum of care that is unparalleled in our region,” said St. Vincent Foundation Executive Director, Ty Elkin. “Your philanthropic contributions help ensure every child, from every background and walk of life, receives exceptional care, regardless of illness, injury or ability to pay.”

The mediathon benefits patients like Jason, 16, who fell 90 feet off of the rims north of Billings, causing his pelvis and shoulder to shatter, a lung to collapse, and a lacerated liver. After his accident, he was treated in the ICU and in the pediatric unit.

“It’s hard to see your child like that and know that there’s nothing that you can do about it,” said Jason’s mother. “The nurses have the most gratitude that I can possibly give them. You never know how much you need a pediatric unit, until you are there with them.”

By donating, you ensure that our youngest, most fragile patients have the best technology, programs and facilities to heal close to home. To put it simply, you are giving children, like Jason, the healthy futures they deserve.

Make the call to show you care to 406-869-3669 on Wednesday, March 11.

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Patient Stories:

On a Friday evening in April, Jason Burtell went from being a carefree teenager to fighting for his life. Jason had slipped and fallen 100 feet off the rimrocks in Swords Park. He was rescued by Billings firefighters and taken to St. Vincent Healthcare. Jason had suffered a shattered pelvis, broken shoulder, punctured lung, ruptured kidney and lacerated liver. Jason spent two and half weeks recovering in the pediatric unit, while receiving specialized care from the board certified doctors and nurses at St. Vincent Children’s. With skilled, tender and compassionate care and encouragement from the team at SVH, Jason made a full recovery. Today, he is enjoying life as a senior at Skyview High School and looking forward to a bright future.

Two days after Christmas, Kris and Netty Klein found themselves in the emergency room at St. Vincent Healthcare with their 16-month-old son, Kannon. What they thought was a case of croup, quickly turned into something much more serious. Kannon had developed severe lung disease. While Kannon received the highest level of round-the-clock care in St. Vincent Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, his family made his area in the PICU their home away from home for four weeks. Kannon recently celebrated his 2nd birthday and enjoys playing with his big brother, Shony – and is looking forward to becoming a big brother himself in the very near future!