Today I had the opportunity to travel with some of my sisters to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, which works hand-in-hand with CMNH. I went with the intent of seeing all the good Phi Mu has done for the hospital, but I left realizing that while the steps forward have been good, there is still so much more that needs to be done.
My sisters and I spent the first portion of the day crafting cards for the kids. I happened to glance out the window while I was coloring and saw a little boy, 3- or 4-years-old, playing outside while a man (I assumed was his father) followed closely behind with his IV stand. Words can't even begin to express the emotions that overwhelmed my heart.
We then began our tour which took us through the infant wing and the dispatch wing.
We saw babies on both ends of the health spectrum, starting with the ones about to be released to go home, to babies suffering from Gastroschisis (when a child is born with their intestines outside of their body) and ending with the micro preemies who's features hadn't finished forming and who's delicate skin had scabs simply from laying a certain way for too long.
Our tour group was then taken to the dispatch wing, also known as Angel One, where we learned about the hospitals medical transportation. Angel One uses Sikorsky s-76 helicopters which have a starting cost of $12 million. We also looked at equipment used to transport infants which cost up to $80,000 a piece.
Angel One helicopters are built for safety and are made by the same company that makes Air Force One.