Sunshine Circle Donates to Family Birthing Suites at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital
The Sunshine Circle, a volunteer-led fundraising group based within UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital, presented a donation to the hospital’s Family Birthing Suites this today, May 10th, at 9am. The gift will consist of ten new anti-microbial bassinet cribs which will be used by the Family Birthing Suites staff as they care for Finley’s youngest, and newest, patients.
The ten bassinets came at an expense of nearly $30,000, which was fully covered by the Sunshine Circle.
The bassinets being donated will provide a safe environment and mode of transportation for each baby born at the Family Birthing Suites. The bassinets are assigned to a baby even prior to their birth. Family Birthing Suites staff will use the bassinets to transport all of the equipment to the delivery room so it can be ready when the baby is delivered. After being born, babies will be transported using the bassinets, which include both locking and non-locking caster wheels. The bassinets are also anti-microbial, inhibiting 99.9% of microbe growth. They were additionally chosen because of their durability, ease of movement, and ease to clean after each baby heads home.
The women who comprise the Sunshine Circle have been raising funds for UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital since 1889, prior to the hospital’s official founding. In addition to operating and staffing the Sunshine Gift Shop within the hospital, the all-volunteer group also organizes fundraising projects and events to help maintain important programs that ultimately benefit the entire Dubuque area. Other programs supported by the Sunshine Circle include; the Wendt Regional Cancer Center and Kehl Diabetes Center. All proceeds from the Sunshine Circle’s efforts benefit patient care needs at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital.