A momentous occasion for newborn care in Saskatchewan was met with a further celebration today, as Orano Canada announced a $250,000 donation to the Victoria Hospital Foundation in support of the Malhotra NICU for the North. This announcement comes on the same day the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) welcomes its first patients to the newly completed space in Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital.
“The Victoria Hospital serves a large region of the province, and many of our employees travel to Prince Albert for services. We are proud to support this facility which will offer state-of-the-art healthcare for northern Saskatchewan’s newborns and their families,” said Orano Canada Vice President & Chief Corporate Officer Tammy Van Lambalgen. “Hearing from the staff about the upgrades to the space and equipment, and how the new NICU will improve the ways they can deliver care was heartwarming. We are so happy to hear that the first patients are entering the NICU today. It can be a very stressful time for any family, so we are glad that families from the north can remain closer to home while their babies receive the care they need.”
The new NICU’s increased capacity can accommodate up to 11 medically fragile newborns and allows families more privacy and space to bond with their babies. The previous space was a very cramped 357 square feet, while the new NICU is over 4,000 square feet and is designed with space for parent-baby bonding in mind. This added capacity significantly reduces the number of infants that will require care in Saskatoon and Regina, and will support an earlier return home for those families who may still require travel for specialized care.
“We are extremely grateful for the support that Orano is providing to the NICU and the families of Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan,” says Cody Barnett, Executive Director of the Victoria Hospital Foundation. “This NICU has been made possible by donations from the community. Having donors and partners like Orano means that families can receive care for their newborns close to home, and be with their support networks. For the fragile babies, it means they will have their caregiver by their side, to nurture them and help them thrive.”
The Malhotra NICU for the North was made possible by community donations from nearly 1,000 donors to the Victoria Hospital Foundation, totalling over $4 million.
About the Victoria Hospital Foundation:
The Victoria Hospital Foundation provides funds for specialized equipment, innovative patient care and upgrading of facilities and replacement of outdated equipment. As a registered charity, donations to the Victoria Hospital Foundation support healthcare for the people of Prince Albert, surrounding communities and northern Saskatchewan.
About Orano Canada:
Orano Canada has been exploring for uranium, mining and milling in Canada for more than 55 years. Headquartered in Saskatoon, the company employs about 420 people in Saskatchewan, including about 300 at the McClean Lake operation where over 46% of employees are self-declared Indigenous. As a sustainable uranium producer, Orano Canada is committed to safety, environmental protection and contributing to the prosperity and well-being of neighbouring communities.