Every time a phone rings at the Children's Miracle Network telethon, UMC is that much closer to getting new equipment and technology that simply saves children's lives. Stephen Fannin says, "I keep emphasizing this, every penny that's given here stays here."
Fannin is chairman of this year's telethon. CMN touched his life years ago and now he's giving back. He says, "This year we're looking at raising $675,000 and hopefully we'll blow that out."
All the money donated this year will go to the University Medical Center foundation. Doctors and hospital staff then request the new equipment they need to provide top notch care. Fannin explains, "You bring in modern equipment and it brings in new doctors to this area because of our technology."
In the past 18 months, UMC has spent $1.5 million on new equipment. That technology in Lubbock means families don't have to travel to larger cities for care. Fannin says, "It makes it where people with high risk pregnancies or high risk children, the have a better quality of life and they can stay right here in Texas."
Chances are, if you live in Lubbock or the South Plains, you or someone you know has been touched by the CMN telethon, and you never know when someone you love will need UMC's care. Fannin adds, "We have 30 beds for premies and a lot of incubators and different machines were purchased through this program, through CMN. Everything at UMC that has to do with pediatrics CMN will usually fund."
|2005 Children's Miracle Network Telethon|