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Pediatric patients to benefit from SAINTS Ball fundraiser

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St. Vincent Healthcare pediatric nurse Brittany Gonzales and 5-year-old patient, Kate Jordan St. Vincent Healthcare pediatric nurse Brittany Gonzales and 5-year-old patient, Kate Jordan

St. Vincent Healthcare's largest fundraiser, the SAINTS Ball, is this weekend, and the hospital hopes to raise at least one million dollars Saturday towards renovating their pediatric care unit and improving care for patients like 5-year-old Kate Jordan.

Kate "Princess Kate" Jordan became a patient at St. V's as a baby, and was diagnosed with cyclic vomiting at age 2. Throughout her life, Kate frequents the pediatric hall of St. V's, spending up to 9 days in the hospital for treatment. During that time, Kate's mother, Stefanie, said the family couldn't be more thankful for St. Vincent staff, including pediatric nurse Brittany Gonzales, who goes the extra mile to make young patients feel comfortable. The admiration is mutual between patient and caregiver.

"She's my most memorable patient," said Gonzales, "patients like this are exactly why I wanted to do my job."

Kate sits upon the nurse's lap and smiles.

"She's kind," Kate Jordan said, "she's nice, she's loving."

Stefanie Jordan said there is only a 30% chance that her daughter will outgrow her affliction, and will most likely be needing pediatric care until she is 15 years old. While Jordan looks forward to more time with her favorite nurse, the family hopes they can also look forward to improvements to the hallway they spend so much time in. 

One upgrade SAINTS Ball funds will go towards is creating five individual rooms for pediatric intensive care patients. Right now, St. V's PICU holds five patients, all sharing one large room with curtains to divide them.  The new design would allow more privacy for PICU patients. 

St. Vincent Healthcare said the entire pediatric floor will be remodeled if the ball is a success, including new space and new technology to continue providing patients with the best care. All renovations and improvements to the Billings hospital will be made possible by St. Vincent Healthcare's fundraiser.

"We would just ask the community to do what they can to support," Stefanie said, "we know that we will be, so whatever anyone else can do to join us in participating, that would be great."

Hear from Kate, her family, and her favorite nurse on KULR-8 News tonight as we share more on this weekend's fundraiser and it's goals. 

The 38th SAINTS Ball kicks off this Saturday, October 1st, at 6 p.m. in the Radisson Hotel Billings Convention Center.

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