HOUGEN FOUNDATION MEANS WARMTH AND SECURITY FOR McLAREN BABIES
The late E. Douglas Hougen was a born entrepreneur and dedicated inventor who lived most of his life in Flint. His milling machines revolutionized the hole-drilling industry around the world. A former GMI/Kettering University instructor, he shared his knowledge and passion for innovation with his students and the industrial sector alike.
Today, members of his family continue to give back to this community. Recently, the Hougen Foundation presented the McLaren Birth Center with a $10,000 grant to purchase a different kind of machine, one that will help provide the best possible care for mothers and babies. Their support will fund the purchase of an updated isolette, or warming incubator, for neonates.
"This isolette will allow us to provide even better care for our babies. With the enhanced temperature and humidity controls, our nurses have the most up-to-date tools available," said Larisa Hagen, Nurse Manager at the McLaren Birth Center.
The staff is going through specialized training to learn the capabilities of the Draeger isolette, and is excited to be able to put it to use with infants who need additional support in their earliest hours and days. "Our doctors are thrilled about this new equipment as well," said Hagen.
According to Malcolm MacLean, administrator of the Hougen Foundation and the former CFO of Hougen Industries, Doug Hougen believed in supporting local causes and passed that belief on this his children. The Hougen family specifically asked that their gift this year be used for pediatric support at McLaren Flint. The Hougen Foundation allocates approximately $100,000 annually to various organizations.