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SPRINGFIELD — Throughout the course of a year, the Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baystate Children’s Hospital cares for more than 800 newborns. These babies are fighters, but they require essential care. Many have come into the world too early; others emerge with medical challenges that need to be addressed in the moments after birth. All of them deserve the best chance for a healthy life.

Bulkley Richardson, a Springfield-based law firm, recently made a $10,000 gift to support that essential care through the purchase of a transcutaneous CO2 monitor. This device provides a non-invasive and efficient way to monitor newborns’ exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) when they require a ventilator to assist their breathing. It also allows the team to review and respond to important health details in real time instead of through multiple painful blood draws.

“We are so appreciative of Bulkley Richardson for their generous support of this technology,” said Stephanie Adam, manager of the NICU and Continuing Care Nursery. “For newborns in our care, being able to monitor and respond to changes in a way that does not put them in any discomfort is one more way that we can provide the highest level of compassionate care. This technology is a game changer for our sickest infants.”

With one in 10 families needing the NICU in their lifetime, this type of equipment will be used by many and provide a more comfortable experience for Baystate’s youngest patients.

“We wanted to contribute to the care of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Peter Barry, partner at Bulkley Richardson. “These CO2 monitors provide essential data in a non-invasive manner, eliminating additional pain and discomfort to newborns who may already be struggling. I understand the helplessness of seeing your child or grandchild in distress and hope that our gift will bring some peace of mind to those with children in need of monitoring.”

Anyone who would like to support care for infants in the NICU, can contact the Baystate Health Foundation at (413) 794-5444 or [email protected].

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SPRINGFIELD — A three-state fundraising effort and matching company contribution by City Tire and Auto Centers has netted Baystate Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield donations of $10,000 each. The company raised the funds through contributions on specific auto services for the past six months and announced the contributions in time for the holiday giving season.

“Our customers responded and agreed with our perception that all it takes is to talk to someone who has had a child treated by these hospitals, and you realize the importance of their work,” said Peter Greenberg, president of City Tire and Auto Centers.

Dr. Charlotte Boney, pediatrician-in-chief at Baystate Children’s Hospital, underscored the importance of such contributions. “When you make a donation to Baystate Children’s Hospital, you are not just writing us a check, you’re taking care of children in your community. We couldn’t do this without our partners like City Tire and other donors that really make it possible for us to have state-of-the-art equipment and important programs like child life and palliative care.”

Stacey Perlmutter, director of Development at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield, thanked City Tire and Auto Centers for its contribution and explained how the support would benefit the children. “Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield is so grateful for City Tire and the community for their generosity. Their support will help us provide life-changing, quality care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. We could not do what we do without them.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Professional Drywall Construction Inc. (PDC), a commercial drywall company headquartered in Springfield, raised $35,000 during its fifth annual PDC Charity Golf Tournament, which was held on Sept. 9 at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke. All proceeds from the tournament were donated to Baystate Children’s Hospital.

“We were so excited to get back out on the links and raise money for an honorable cause like Baystate Children’s Hospital,” PDC co-owner Nick Shaink said. “Last year, things were a little different due to the pandemic, but this year we were able to have a full house come spend the day with us for a great cause.”

The tournament, which featured an 18-hole round of golf, lunch, and a dinner reception, drew 120 participants.

“PDC has always been about giving back in our own backyard, and no one deserves it more than the children in our community,” PDC co-owner Ron Perry said. “We hope the funds we were able to donate will assist with Baystate’s important work with the youth in our area.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Professional Drywall Construction Inc. (PDC), a leading commercial drywall company headquartered in Springfield, will host its fifth annual PDC Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Baystate Children’s Hospital.

“It has been an honor to host this tournament for the past five years to help such an amazing organization like Baystate Children’s Hospital,” PDC co-owner Nick Shaink said. “Last year, things were a little different due to the pandemic, but we are looking forward to getting back to a full-capacity event and hope we are able to raise a significant amount for this cause. Giving back to our community is at the core of our values as a company.”

The tournament features an 18-hole round of golf, lunch, and a dinner reception. Registration is open now, and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“We want to thank anyone who has already signed up to play or has been generous enough to purchase one of our sponsorship options,” PDC co-owner Ron Perry said. “We have sponsorship opportunities open at every level and would love for other businesses in our community to participate in giving back with us. We’ve been working to raise funds for Baystate Children’s Hospital with various events over the years and believe wholeheartedly in their mission to provide quality healthcare to children.”

To register online, visit app.eventcaddy.com/events/2021-pdc-charity-golf-tournament and click ‘register.’ To purchase a sponsorship online, click ‘store.’ The deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 13.

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