CUMMING, Ga. — A neonatal ambulance will now be servicing Forsyth County residents seven days a week.
“Everything that can be done in an emergency room or an intensive care unit can be done inside that ambulance,” said Beth Buursema, community outreach liaison, Children’s Healthcare at Forsyth.
About $750,000 was raised for the ambulance that will be housed at the year-old facility at Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming.
Buursema said fundraising will continue to finance the ambulance, staff and equipment for a second year.
It takes four specially trained staff members, including a driver. The ambulances are tailored to the unique needs of children.
“The nurses at these ambulances have to be ICU trained nurses,” Buursema said. “Sometimes you are making life and death decisions in the field.”
Some of the recent fundraising events that helped solidify the ambulance included $5,500 raised by the Alpharetta Athletic Club Swim Team and money raised at Tam’s Restaurant in Cumming.
This marks the seventh dedicated ambulance for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. On its body, the American Proteins logo in addition to Children’s name will identify the Forsyth-centric ICU on wheels. A $360,000 donation by American Proteins paid for the body and equipment inside. All the CHoA ambulances display the names of its donors.
Buursema said the ambulance will not be dispatched by 911 to a home or to the scene of an accident. The CHoA helicopters are provided in those life-threatening situations.
The neonatal ambulance will, however, pick up patients at area hospitals and doctor’s offices and transport them to Children’s at Scottish Rite or Children’s at Egleston.
And it’s not only young children who will benefit from the new ambulance.
“We will see patients up to the age of 21,” Buursema said.
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