HANF purchases new sleeper chairs to help comfort parents

Posted on July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Small comforts can go a long way for families staying in the Inpatient Pediatric Unit at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). Sleeper chairs in the unit are often the only beds parents use during their stay, and many of the old recliner-style chairs needed to be replaced.

In August 2011, the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) Foundation donated $20,000 to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s (HANF) Kids Wing at ANMC Fund. The IPA is the collective bargaining unit for the more than 2,800 professional pilots that fly the 206 heavy jet UPS fleet. HANF used funds raised by the group to purchase six new sleeper chairs, which were recently installed in the Inpatient Pediatrics Unit.

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“The parents love these chairs,” said Marilyn Deykes, Director of Inpatient Pediatrics.

The new chairs feature a couch design, which is easier for two people to sit on as they stay with a child. When parents get tired, the couch can be converted into a long, seamless twin-sized bed.

Improvements to the Pediatric Unit are a constant these days. Current work includes painting the entry, installing new floors and expanding the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The bulk of the work is scheduled to be complete by April 2013.

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