MCU Helps Children Get through MRI Scans
Recently, Cindy Campbell and Mary Atkisson joined the staff at Women and Children’s Hospital to see a demonstration of the newly purchased MRI goggles. With Missouri Credit Union staff and members leading the way, more than a dozen central-Missouri credit unions raised money to purchase a set of $44,000 MRI compatible video goggles and noise-cancelling headphones.
Women's and Children’s hospital performs 2,500 to 2,700 MRI scans of children each year. To have an MRI scan, a patient must lie still for up to an hour or more. For children, it can be difficult to stay still for that long, so they sometimes must be given sedative medications for the scan. But with the new goggles, sedation often can be avoided by distracting the children.
Because the goggles surround the eyes entirely, children see only the cartoon or movie they are watching. Noise-canceling headphones quiet the noise of the magnets that create the MRI image, and a child can focus on the entertainment and forget about the MRI scan. When an MRI technician wants to talk to the child, the sight and voice of the technician replace those of the movie which is paused for the conversation.
"We appreciate this generous donation from credit unions of central Missouri," said Keri Simon, C.P.A, M.H.A., executive director of Women’s and Children’s Hospital. "Support like this from our community helps us provide family friendly care to children throughout our state. These MRI goggles will help make kids’ time in the hospital a bit more fun."
Since 2006, Missouri Credit Union members and staff have raised funds for charities, and our grand total is $74,489. For 2013, we donated $2,500 to each of our charities (United Way, Children’s Miracle Network, and Rainbow House). We also raised additional funds to support the Oklahoma tornado relief ($705) and Kisses for Klyde ($1,165). Our 2013 fundraising total was $9,370!
Wanda Shipman, Rachel Johnson, Kristen Fritsche (CMN), Shanna Robinson, and Gail Owen (left to right) participate in the presentation of a $2,500 check to Children's Miracle Network.
Jeffery Gilmore, Joe Flaugher, Chad McMinn (Rainbow House), Sarah Sauro, Brenda Tolbert and Rachel Ketterlin (left to right) participate in the presentation of a $2,500 check to Rainbow House.
Ashley Roberts, Cristin Cowgill, Jason Leggett, David Holtgraewe (United Way), and Matt Langley (left to right) participate in the presentation of a $2,500 check to United Way.
Members Help Others 2014
Missouri Credit Union's (MCU) staff organizes events and activities throughout the year to benefit non-profit organizations.
In 2014, MCU will focus its efforts to assist these organizations: