St. Francis expands ICU and PICU with 2 Cars 2 Winners Raffle funds

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – This week marks the start of the 2 Cars 2 Winners Raffle for 2020. The money benefits the St. Francis Foundation, and they use those funds to provide better care for patients at the St. Francis Medical Center. Specifically, the monies raised benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Critical Care Services at the hospital.

Over the past year, they’ve been able to use those funds to move the PICU to the same floor as the rest of the Pediatrics Department.

”That’s a great way to be able to have continuity of care, and have all our pediatric services on one floor,” says Aimee Kane, the St. Francis Foundation President.

By moving the PICU, they were able to create a new 10-bed ICU unit with new technology. Staff say those extra ten beds were so important for patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

”We would have not been able to take care of near the patients that we have been able to take care of without those additional ten beds,” says Kayla Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer. “And the patients now are so very sick, even our non-COVID patients, because they’re not getting their regular care from their primary care physician, not taking their meds, not taking care of themselves, so when they come to the emergency room they’re very very sick.”

Without the raffle, Kane says many of these advancements wouldn’t have happened as quickly.

”Our PICU is a level 2, which is the only one in the region, so we need to keep that level of care in our area. We also have a level 3 NICU for our neonatal intensive care patients,” explains Kane. “That is why you buy that raffle ticket, it is for that purpose, and that reason to allow us to continue to care for those critical care most in-need.”

Tickets are $50, and you can buy them on the St. Francis Foundation’s website. You’ll be entered for a chance to with a 2020 Nissan Titan Pro 4X and 2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited. Between August 3 – 18, you can buy tickets online and you’ll be entered in a drawing for the chance to win $5,000. On August 19, you can start getting tickets at Creed & Creed Law, Sparks Nissan, Van Trow Toyota, and the drive-thru of all locations of Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union.

Call (833)-884-2277 to buy tickets, or for more information about the raffle.

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