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.
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.
The art of healing at Billings Clinic
The power of music can change lives. With your help, we will bring music therapy to Billings Clinic, and help our patients by giving health, hope, and happiness through the healing art of music.
While the practice of treating a patient with music to achieve specific clinical outcomes may seem like a new idea, the extraordinary qualities of music as a healing force have been recognized for hundreds of years.
The form of music therapy varies based on the individual. For infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, music therapy has been shown to effect infant heart rate, behavior, oxygen saturation level, feeding ability and reducing the length of stay.
Music therapy has also been shown to positively affect the parents of these tiny babies by decreasing stress and increasing infant parent bonding through family centered approaches to care. Music therapy is also an effective form of supporting cancer care for patients during the treatment process, promoting wellness, improving physical and emotional well-being and overall quality of life.
Your support will bring music therapy to patients and families throughout the region and positively impact thousands of lives.