Philanthropy plays a critical role in sustaining and advancing the many important programs at CHaD. Caring for children costs more than caring for adults, yet reimbursements are much lower. Over 40% of our patients are Medicaid recipients and payments for their care cover only one-half of the expense. However, no child or family is ever turned away from CHaD because of their inability to pay, no matter how complex or costly their care. Philanthropy makes that possible and is vital to sustaining CHaD's operations going forward.
BANDS (Behavioral and Neurodevelopment Services) Fund
This fund supports the BANDS (Behavioral and Neurodevelopment Services) program to help children, adolescents, and young adults and their families dealing with Autism Spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Be Positive for CHaD Kids Fund
When Cameron Marshall was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2008 and learned that his blood type is B+, the 9-year-old latched on to it as a mantra for hope in fighting his cancer. He and his family soon extended that mantra to help all CHaD kids. The fund they established is used to enhance the patient experience by providing healthy snacks, for example, and “B Positive” wristbands.
Boyle Community Pediatrics Program
The Boyle Community Pediatrics Program is a champion of patient- and family-centered care at CHaD. It's many programs train medical students and residents to employ a holistic approach to pediatric care and to understand that a patient's home environment and community resources are as important as treating the patient's medical condition.
CHaD Annual Fund
Gifts to the CHaD Annual Fund are put to work immediately supporting programs where they are needed most. Your contributions make a real difference in the lives of the children and families served by CHaD.
Child Advocacy and Protection Program
Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Child Advocacy and Protection Program (CAPP) cares for the most vulnerable patients in our region: children who may be victims of physical abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and/or neglect. Only 10% of the cost of CAPP’s services is covered by health insurers. As a result, CAPP relies heavily on the generosity of donors, whose gifts provide approximately 70% of its budget.
Face of a Child Program (Craniofacial Clinic)
The Face of a Child Program works to ensure that all children in the region who suffer from craniofacial deformities receive the full spectrum of care and support they need – much of which is not covered by insurance or Medicaid. Such children and their families receive care at CHaD's Craniofacial Clinic—a comprehensive, interdisciplinary clinic devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children born with craniofacial disorders of all kinds.
This fund supports programs aimed at preventing deaths and disability due to injuries among children and their families. Through public education, professional education, and advocacy, such programs encourage the development, distribution, and use of proven strategies to prevent injuries.
Kristen's Gift Endowment for Pediatric Oncology
Created in honor of Kristen Xiggoros, a 15-year-old girl from Manchester, N.H., who was treated by CHaD for a rare form of lymphoma, this fund provides support for children who are diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders and their families.
Molly's Place at the CHaD Family Center
For families with kids being cared for at CHaD, Molly's Place offers a welcome get-away from the clinical aspects of the hospital. Toys and play structures create a safe place for children, while parents can access the Center's wealth of resources, including a consumer health library, information about community based programs, and access to financial assistance.
Moms in Recovery
Moms in Recovery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is one of the few programs in New England to offer comprehensive care and support to pregnant and parenting women struggling to overcome a substance use disorder. In 2015, nearly 1 in 10 babies born at Dartmouth-Hitchcock had been exposed to opioids before birth. This epidemic knows no boundaries of age, income, or place. Even relatively small gifts can provide these babies, and their mothers, a better chance in life.
Pediatric Child Life Program
CHaD's Child Life Specialists provide emotional support, ease fears, help explain treatment plans, and create opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and socialization. Philanthropy is vital to sustaining and expanding this important work for pediatric patients, which is not reimbursed by private or public insurance.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Pediatric Intensive Care requires the highest degree of technological and educational support. This fund specifically supports Pediatric Intensive Care research, quality improvement projects, and multidisciplinary team education/training. Supporting this fund helps ensure the Pediatric Intensive Care team at CHaD continues to advance the field, while providing life-saving care to the children in our region.
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