New Sparrow neonatal transport incubator funded by community

Published: June 7, 2013

Caregivers were on-hand during the Sparrow Children's Center Telethon to unveil the new neonatal transport incubator.

Sparrow Caregivers can now use a new neonatal transport incubator to transport our smallest, most fragile Patients to Sparrow from other facilities thanks to the support of partners in the community.

The transport incubator, purchased with funds from KIA of Lansing, Auto-Owners Insurance and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Out-State Michigan, is a specially-equipped incubator that is used in ambulances to help safely transport critically ill newborns from community hospitals to Sparrow and occasionally from Sparrow to other specialty facilities.

"We greatly appreciate the community support for the purchase of this transport incubator," said Stella Cash, Sparrow Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships. "This equipment will help ensure very sick babies can receive the high-level of care they need while they're being transported to our Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit."

The transport incubator was unveiled during the Sparrow Children's Center Telethon, which was held May 31 and June 1 on WILX. The Telethon raised $980,996 for Sparrow Children's Center, and donations are still being accepted by visiting

For more than a century, Sparrow has been a leader in caring for children. The first hospital in mid-Michigan to offer a dedicated children's unit, Sparrow today is home to the region's only full-service pediatric emergency department. As the region's Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Sparrow is able to provide the most advanced technology and treatment options in pediatric and neonatal care.