Billings Clinic Foundation
Philanthropy plays a critical role in helping to achieve the margins of excellence in delivering the best clinical quality, patient safety, service and value to our patients.
We are grateful to each and every donor who has made a difference in the lives of others through their gift.
Season of Luminaria
The Luminaria Prayer Service is a special time when we remember people we have lost. The prayer service will be Wednesday, December 15 at 11:00 am, virtually through social media, and our Season of Luminaria webpage.
If you would like to remember a loved one during the Billings Clinic Season of Luminaria, while making a gift, please fill out the tribute section. A luminary bag baring the name of your honored love will be created and placed in the Billings Clinic Chapel. You may also call the Billings Clinic Foundation office at 406-657-4670 to create a luminary bag for a loved one.
Benefiting a State-of-the-Art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Our NICU opened in 1999, and since then, technology and the delivery of care have changed dramatically. Last year, 315 babies received care in our NICU, and 25% of them came to Billings Clinic through the transport of our highly trained MedFlight Team. As a Level III NICU, we care for babies born as early as 25 gestational weeks, with specially trained staff on site including 4 neonatologists, neonatal nurses, pediatric specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pharmacist, lactation consultants and respiratory therapists who are available 24 hours a day.
Babies may arrive in the world early for numerous reasons, and when they do, they are often admitted into the NICU. Premature babies often have complicated medical problems, and generally the earlier the baby is born, the higher the risk of complications. Premature babies often suffer from difficulties related to the heart, brain, underdeveloped lungs, gastrointestinal and control of body temperature to name a few.
We are in desperate need…
We are in desperate need of a redefined space to match the world class care provided by our team to the tiniest of patients while allowing for the best family experience.
Our philosophy of care is centered on mother and baby together, supported by family and friends. In our current configuration, isolettes are stationed in open bays with curtains, and the absence of internal walls and doors make noise very difficult to control. Privacy during this challenging time for families is non-existent, and there is no natural light given the NICU’s current location in the center of the Family Birth Center. Supplies and equipment are often stored 3 floors below as there is not adequate storage space in the unit. The lack of space has the greatest impact on the parents and extended families of our tiniest patients. Imagine not having the ability to comfortably stay overnight with your incredibly sick baby and having to leave the unit to use the rest room or get a drink of water.
Your support will…
Your support will make a lasting difference by creating an environment that offers privacy, comfort and security, where there is room for families to bond and to comfort one another, and where our highly trained and specialized staff can deliver the best quality care available in our region.
Your support will help reach our $3.5 million initiative to construct the new, state-of-the-art NICU.
Billings Clinic and Zoo Montana partnership
Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most demanding and difficult tasks parents can face. Thanks to our new local partnership, funded through an MDU Resources grant, Billings Clinic pediatric patients and families can have the ability for a hands-on experience with zoo animals.
Scientific research has proven that animals have a positive and therapeutic effect on humans. Through partnering with our good friends at Zoo Montana, pediatric patients and families may have an incredible experience with their favorite animal.
This partnership includes zoo visits for pediatric patients and families. We hope to grow the program to where Billings Clinic kids can experience the zoo from the Bob and Penni Nance Inpatient Pediatric Unit. Philanthropy is the key factor in allowing this experience to happen.