CHI Mercy Medical Center

CHI Mercy Medical Center awarded grant for Family Birthplace for neonatal resuscitation program

CHI Mercy Health Mercy Foundation was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Raskob Foundation to support a neonatal resuscitation program at CHI Mercy Health Family Birthplace

The grant will be used to purchase neonatal simulation equipment to train Mercy’s Family Birthplace nurses and respiratory therapists responsible for neonatal resuscitation. The goal is to improve outcomes for infants by improving emergency response time.

Almost every one of the 900 annual births at Mercy require some form of resuscitation; 25 percent of those are high-risk because of gestational diabetes or drug abuse. High rates of smoking and obesity also put infants at risk for having breathing issues.

“This grant is such a blessing to our new mothers and babies that need a little extra care right after delivery. Our team of nurses and respiratory therapists appreciate the opportunity to expand our resuscitation knowledge and skill, plus have wonderful equipment to support our smallest patients,” said Deb Rinaker, director of Family Birthplace.

For infants requiring resuscitation, response time is measured in seconds – not minutes.

This program will strengthen neonatal resuscitation skills; increase employees’ competency, and foster interdisciplinary teamwork.

“We appreciate the generous support of the Raskob Foundation to ensure that our staff have the skills and tools they need to support our littlest community members,” said Lisa Platt, president of Mercy Foundation. “On behalf of the babies we are privileged to help bring into this world, we extend our deepest gratitude.”

The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities is an independent, private family foundation that was founded in 1945 by John Raskob and his wife Helena.

John Raskob was a corporate executive and director of the DuPont Company, General Motors Corporation and Bankers Trust Company, among others.

The foundation has a legacy of grant-making and philanthropic activity with the Catholic Church and institutions and organizations identified with it, according to the foundation website.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at

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