May 15, 2024

Stormont Vail Health Flint Hills receives money for Birthplace Jaundice Meter

Posted May 15, 2024 12:25 AM
Stormont Vail Health Flint Hills Campus
Stormont Vail Health Flint Hills Campus

Stormont Vail release:

(JUNCTION CITY, Kan., May 10, 2024) — Stormont Vail Health  announced that the Flint Hills Campus has received funding to purchase a new jaundice meter for the Birthplace. Adding this in the Flint Hills Birthplace offers immediate benefits for patients and team members alike.

“The jaundice meter will allow our Birthplace team to quickly and easily screen newborns for jaundice without causing them more stress and, in turn, keep our moms as stress-free as possible,” said Nicole Graham, Nurse Manager of the Flint Hills Campus Birthplace. “Once confirmed, we can treat jaundice in newborns with a blanket that shines a special blue light, helping to break down the cause of their jaundice.”

Jaundice is a condition found commonly in newborns. According to the National Library of Medicine, “Most jaundice is not harmful to your baby…In some situations, however, there is so much bilirubin in a baby’s blood that it can be harmful.” The purchase of the jaundice meter will ensure timely and more efficient care for newborns born with jaundice in Geary County and surrounding communities.

The acquisition of the jaundice meter was made possible through the support of various organizations in the Junction City, Manhattan, and Topeka communities, Walmart, Stormont Vail Flint Hills Campus Auxiliary, Geary Community Healthcare Foundation, R2B4 Bramlage Family Foundation, and the Greater Geary Community Foundation.