The Knights of Columbus Fair Oaks Council recently donated a 4D Voluson S8 ultrasound machine worth $47,000 to local nonprofit Sacramento Life Center, which provides free medical services and resources to low-income pregnant women and teens. The local Knights of Columbus group secured the machine, thanks in part to the nonprofit 4US Adopt A Center that provided a quarter of the funding needed.
“We are so very thankful to the Knights of Columbus and 4US Adopt A Center for this amazing piece of technology that we never could have afforded without them,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Thanks to this machine, our patients will not only have more information about their baby’s health, they will be able to see facial features and a detailed portrait so they can feel even more connected.”
Now in its 50th anniversary year, the Sacramento Life Center offers compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and mobile clinic that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, pap smears, well woman exams, patient advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals. Staff also assists patients in signing up for Medi-Cal Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women and provides a wide range of baby supplies through its onsite baby needs closet, including diapers, clothes, formula, wipes and more. The nonprofit also offers a 24-hour hotline and program for women who have experienced pregnancy loss.
In 2018, the Sacramento Life Center achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, which ensures the group has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of high-quality health care. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit SVPClinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit SacLife.org.
“Weaving through our web of contacts to get this ultrasound donation accomplished really connected individuals who demonstrate America’s best,” said Henry Luckie, Knights of Columbus Fair Oaks Council member. “We are proud to help the Sacramento Life Center in their work.”
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. For more information about the Knights of Columbus Fair Oaks Council #6066, visit KOFC6066.org.