IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 13, 2014) - The Newborn Foundation presented Joe Kiani, founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Masimo (
Billed as the largest fundraiser of its kind to raise awareness for combatting newborn mortality, all proceeds from the awards gala will go to the continued efforts of the Newborn Foundation | Coalition to leverage technologies that improve early detection of health conditions and access to care for newborns.
Hubert "Buck" Humphrey IV, the former Vice President's grandson, presented the Dawn of Life award to Kiani as a "visionary leader who has been dedicated to increasing the role of technology and innovation in improving health" of newborns around the world.
Kiani received the "Dawn of Life" Award the same day Masimo announced CE Mark of Eve™ Newborn Screening Software Application* for Radical-7® Pulse CO-Oximeters, designed to help clinicians more effectively and efficiently screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD).
"Joe's work has been truly outstanding," said Annamarie Saarinen, co-founder and CEO of the Newborn Foundation. "It's been a privilege to have his wisdom and support in pursuit of improving newborn health and patient safety."
"My friend Joe Kiani is deeply committed to patient safety and reducing preventable death," said former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, M.D. "When I heard Joe was receiving the Hubert H. Humphrey 'Dawn of Life' Award, I was deeply moved. The former vice president was one of the staunchest advocates for the health of those most in need -- the youngest, most fragile among us."
The Newborn Foundation was launched after Saarinen's daughter, Eve, was diagnosed and treated for critical congenital heart defects as a newborn. She was only able to survive because of early detection and access to life-saving intervention. In just a few short years, the Newborn Foundation's advocacy and policy leadership have impacted the landscape of newborn health - and helped save lives. Today, nearly all 4 million babies born each year in the U.S. are being screened with pulse oximetry for heart defects and other serious health conditions and the Newborn Foundation's projects are impacting the hardest to reach and most underserved babies across the nation.
The Foundation's work has also expanded internationally, with vital screening, telehealth and infrastructure programs in Morocco, the Philippines and rural China. A partner of the United Nations' Every Newborn Action Plan - Masimo and the Newborn Foundation's BORN Project were highlighted at a global meeting of delegates in Johannesburg this year as being among a handful of programs that are saving newborn lives.
Stated Kiani: "I am truly humbled and honored to receive the Newborn Foundation's 'Dawn of Life' Award. The Newborn Foundation is a tireless advocate for those who can't yet speak for themselves -- babies born with heart and other conditions, who can be saved with early detection and intervention. I, and all of us at Masimo, look forward to continue working alongside the Newborn Foundation, with the goal of eliminating preventable deaths of newborns."
Eve™ is not available in the United States.
* Referred to as "CCHD Mode" in Radical-7
About the Newborn Foundation
The Newborn Foundation is an international non-profit working specifically to leverage health IT and medical technologies to improve access and outcomes while reducing disparities for newborns. The organization has been integral in the policy development, adoption and implementation of technologies for early detection, intervention and care of the youngest patients, including the landmark addition of universal newborn screening with pulse oximetry as a public health initiative. The work has now moved international, with vital newborn health projects in the UK, Morocco, the Philippines and rural China. Visit www.newbornfoundation.org
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