Pediatric patients to benefit from SAINTS Ball fundraiser - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Pediatric patients to benefit from SAINTS Ball fundraiser

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Large flames consumed home on the western edge of the Magic City

    Large flames consumed home on the western edge of the Magic City

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:41:47 GMT
    Large flames consumed a home on the westernmost edge of the Magic City Wednesday evening.  Molt Fire Department and Billings Fire Department responded to the scene at 77th St W and Grand Avenue around 4:30 pm.  Smoke could be seen across Billings.  We're told the fire is being investigated and is considered suspicious. Sherry Wilson said the home was her son Ryan's and was told someone was seen working on a car on the backside of the home.  The vehicle caught ...
    Large flames consumed a home on the westernmost edge of the Magic City Wednesday evening.  Molt Fire Department and Billings Fire Department responded to the scene at 77th St W and Grand Avenue around 4:30 pm.  Smoke could be seen across Billings.  We're told the fire is being investigated and is considered suspicious. Sherry Wilson said the home was her son Ryan's and was told someone was seen working on a car on the backside of the home.  The vehicle caught ...
  • Jay Owenhouse and family perform Saturday at Alberta Bair Theater

    Jay Owenhouse and family perform Saturday at Alberta Bair Theater

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:24:39 GMT

    Magician Jay Owenhouse is at the Alberta Bair Theater this weekend. But first, he made a stop with; his family at Rimrock Mall to perform an escape trick on Wednesday night.  

    Magician Jay Owenhouse is at the Alberta Bair Theater this weekend. But first, he made a stop with; his family at Rimrock Mall to perform an escape trick on Wednesday night.  

  • Passages and Alpha House working to make viable community members

    Passages and Alpha House working to make viable community members

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:11:07 GMT
    When applying for a job you typically have to answer if you have a felony conviction.  For those at Passages and Alpha House, they have to say yes.  But it's required all residents at the pre-release centers work 40 hours a week.  Once you enter the doors of Passages you become a resident of the facility just like a resident of an apartment complex.  You eat your meals, go to work, and pay rent. "Sometimes they just need some help to get back on the right step...
    When applying for a job you typically have to answer if you have a felony conviction.  For those at Passages and Alpha House, they have to say yes.  But it's required all residents at the pre-release centers work 40 hours a week.  Once you enter the doors of Passages you become a resident of the facility just like a resident of an apartment complex.  You eat your meals, go to work, and pay rent. "Sometimes they just need some help to get back on the right step...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Laurel school resource officer resigns after "inappropriate" texts, sexual contact with student

    Laurel school resource officer resigns after "inappropriate" texts, sexual contact with student

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 1:17 PM EDT2018-10-17 17:17:14 GMT

    A Laurel High School resource officer resigns after an internal investigation by the city reveals he was exchanging "flirtatious and inappropriate" text messages with a 16-year-old student at the close of the 2017 school year. 

    A Laurel High School resource officer resigns after an internal investigation by the city reveals he was exchanging "flirtatious and inappropriate" text messages with a 16-year-old student at the close of the 2017 school year. 

  • Deadly Accident on Chief Joseph Highway Repair

    Deadly Accident on Chief Joseph Highway Repair

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:32 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:32:47 GMT

    Officials released the pictures of a deadly construction accident Wednesday.

    Officials released the pictures of a deadly construction accident Wednesday.

  • Seattle man files civil rights lawsuit against JetBlue airline

    Seattle man files civil rights lawsuit against JetBlue airline

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-10-17 22:28:46 GMT

    This past January, a JetBlue flight from New York to Seattle had to make an unscheduled landing in Billings.  A female passenger was thought to be having a stroke, but when the plane landed, an elderly man was also escorted off the plane. That man has since sued the airline.  

    This past January, a JetBlue flight from New York to Seattle had to make an unscheduled landing in Billings.  A female passenger was thought to be having a stroke, but when the plane landed, an elderly man was also escorted off the plane. That man has since sued the airline.  

  • Large flames consumed home on the western edge of the Magic City

    Large flames consumed home on the western edge of the Magic City

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:41:47 GMT
    Large flames consumed a home on the westernmost edge of the Magic City Wednesday evening.  Molt Fire Department and Billings Fire Department responded to the scene at 77th St W and Grand Avenue around 4:30 pm.  Smoke could be seen across Billings.  We're told the fire is being investigated and is considered suspicious. Sherry Wilson said the home was her son Ryan's and was told someone was seen working on a car on the backside of the home.  The vehicle caught ...
    Large flames consumed a home on the westernmost edge of the Magic City Wednesday evening.  Molt Fire Department and Billings Fire Department responded to the scene at 77th St W and Grand Avenue around 4:30 pm.  Smoke could be seen across Billings.  We're told the fire is being investigated and is considered suspicious. Sherry Wilson said the home was her son Ryan's and was told someone was seen working on a car on the backside of the home.  The vehicle caught ...
  • Earthquake hits while Montana school practices earthquake drills

    Earthquake hits while Montana school practices earthquake drills

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 3:03 PM EDT2018-10-16 19:03:52 GMT

    BELGRADE - It was a once-in-a-lifetime coincidence when an earthquake rumbled Belgrade while students were practicing for that very event.

    BELGRADE - It was a once-in-a-lifetime coincidence when an earthquake rumbled Belgrade while students were practicing for that very event.

  • Local Meat for Local Schools

    Local Meat for Local Schools

    Thursday, October 18 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-10-18 04:34:18 GMT
    Do you know exactly what your children are eating at school? Cody School District parents now know their kids are eating locally raised beef. When the kids at Cody’s Middle School chowed down on tacos Tuesday, they probably weren’t thinking about how nutritious they  were.  But, the school district’s nutrition director thinks about it all the time. Genevieve Sheets explained, “We have a protein goal every day.  And, it just made sense to try to...
    Do you know exactly what your children are eating at school? Cody School District parents now know their kids are eating locally raised beef. When the kids at Cody’s Middle School chowed down on tacos Tuesday, they probably weren’t thinking about how nutritious they  were.  But, the school district’s nutrition director thinks about it all the time. Genevieve Sheets explained, “We have a protein goal every day.  And, it just made sense to try to...
  • UPDATE: Texas police say woman who dropped child on doorstep and left was at the wrong house

    UPDATE: Texas police say woman who dropped child on doorstep and left was at the wrong house

    Thursday, October 18 2018 4:37 PM EDT2018-10-18 20:37:08 GMT

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities near Houston are trying to identify a woman who abandoned a toddler on a stranger's doorstep. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a video doorbell captured the woman running up to the door of the home in Spring dragging the boy by his arm, ringing the doorbell and knocking several times.

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities near Houston are trying to identify a woman who abandoned a toddler on a stranger's doorstep. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a video doorbell captured the woman running up to the door of the home in Spring dragging the boy by his arm, ringing the doorbell and knocking several times.

  • Truck spills steel balls down West Seattle road, cars hit as they bounce by

    Truck spills steel balls down West Seattle road, cars hit as they bounce by

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-10-18 02:59:07 GMT

    SEATTLE - It was a weird day for some drivers in West Seattle after a load of softball-sized steel balls spilled from the back of a truck. Footage shows the balls rolling and bouncing down the road after breaking out of a bag in the back of the truck. Several cars were hit before the balls pooled as the street leveled out. KING 5 reports it’s unclear how much damage the balls may have caused or how they got loose in the first place.

    SEATTLE - It was a weird day for some drivers in West Seattle after a load of softball-sized steel balls spilled from the back of a truck. Footage shows the balls rolling and bouncing down the road after breaking out of a bag in the back of the truck. Several cars were hit before the balls pooled as the street leveled out. KING 5 reports it’s unclear how much damage the balls may have caused or how they got loose in the first place.