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Medical Mission: Kenya

Medical Mission: Kenya nurse with cute surgical cap
I’m in my 2nd year of residency training to become a pediatrician. During my residency training, I developed a strong interest in maternal and newborn health and became trained in a program called Helping Babies Breathe. This program trains health care providers to provide resuscitation to newborns in resource-limited settings. The program has a train-the-trainer model, intended to promote sustainability in developing countries.
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Project Humanity is a non-profit NGO that has been working on Rusinga Island, Kenya for the past few years. The leader of their medical team is Kay, a registered nurse. Kay has trained many local providers in Helping Babies Breathe over the years. I had the opportunity to join her and others from Project Humanity for their most recent trip in March 2016. My role was to train more providers and to observe how the training was being implemented in one of the nearby hospitals, Mbita Hospital.
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Thanks to KimKaps, we were able to deliver 9 surgical caps to the women working in the Labor & Delivery Suite at Mbita Hospital. They had never worn or used surgical caps before so this turned into a great opportunity to teach about the importance of cleanliness in the hospital setting!
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One surgical cap was donated to the sole medical director of a clinic on Rusinga Island called Kamasengre Clinic. This is 1 of 3 clinics intended to serve a population of an estimated 4,000-5,000 people! She was so happy and appreciative of the donation. 
Thank you KimKaps for being so generous!!
Medical Mission: Kenya team with fun surgical hats
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Anatomy of a KimKap

 

 Have you ever been curious about the anatomy of a KimKap, 
or how a KimKap is made?
Each and every Kap is made with love and attention to detail.
Our high-quality fabrics are personally selected by Kim herself, one of her favorite parts about creating such cute Kaps!
Decisions are made, including what styles to offer each particular print and if an adorable coordinating band would be complimentary to that pattern. 
The fabrics are then laid out and cut with care into the styles they will become before they head to the sewing room where they are stitched with love by our talented seamstresses.
Will they get a toggle closure or adorable fabric ties?
Maybe a set of fabulous ribbons and a pony-pouch?
A KimKaps tag is the final step and the Kaps are now ready for inspection before being packaged and added to the shelves where they wait in excited anticipation to be purchased and shipped directly to you, our incredible KimKappers!
To learn more about each of our unique styles, see the photos below or click on the pictures in our right sidebar.
You can also email any questions to us at
kim@kimkaps.com

and we’d be happy to help you find the perfect fit!

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A long, blonde, curly-haired wig

When we heard about this adorable 8 (almost 9) year old boy who spent 2 years growing out his hair to donate, we just had to tell you all about him!
 Meet Ramberg, aka Boogie, who was inspired at just 6 years old when his cousins Lexi & Izy donated their hair. His mom quotes him on July 22, 2013 as having said
I WANT TO DO THAT
Someone would just love a curly haired wig!”
The hair needed to be at least 12 inches and during the process he was called a girl more times than he could count, but that didn’t stop Boogie from being determined to grow out his hair. He said that his favorite thing about having long hair was 
“Rubbing it on my back and when people would play with it”, 
but it was difficult having to get the soap out and brush it. 
He would love for whomever receives the hair to know that it came from a boy.
Boogie feels “Happy and excited that someone without hair will be able to have hair,” and if you’re considering donating he’d love for you to know that “It’s fun to donate your hair because other people that will get to have your hair, will feel happy because it was thoughtful of you.
Boogie’s mom describes him as being “amazing at Legos and anything artsy. He truly is incredibly talented. His creative mind is a huge part of him and he is always impressing people with it. 
He has been a giver since he was a toddler
He loves to give away his artwork and anything he has to give. He was definitely sent here to share his love of life and love of people. He is kind, a good boy that makes many good choices. We are proud of him and his accomplishments, I admire his courage to stand strong through this experience by blessing another.”
 
 
When we asked him if he would consider growing his hair out again, Boogie said “Maybe.” We’re sure that whomever receives the wig made from your gorgeous locks will appreciate their “long, blonde, curly haired wig!”

 

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Medical Mission: Bolivia

Medical mission Bolivia with cute surgical caps

Thank you for your generous gift of caps that were given to the personnel of Clinica Prosalud Cochabamba, the hospital that hosts our surgical group.  This past May, MIMA traveled from Illinois and Florida to Bolivia.  

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   With the help of two surgeons, and multiple medical personnel volunteering their time, we performed 52 surgeries in six days to help under served patients.  The recipients of your generous gift were excited and proud to come to work everyday with their beautiful surgical caps.
Thank you again.
Sincerely,
Lisa vargas RN
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KimKaps Ambassador: Caitlin

In May we started our Ambassador program, customers could email their order number during that month and be entered for a chance to win 8 KimKaps in the styles of their choice and in an exclusive fabric that was only for our Ambassadors.
We chose 5 KimKappers for that month and here’s what Caitlin had to say about her experience:
Kimkaps nurses wearing cute scrub hatsAs anesthesiologist assistant students we are always on the go from the OR to class and back at it the next day.  We spend our free time studying and preparing for our cases in order to learn how to treat our current and future patients to the best of our ability.  During our time in school and in the OR we can tend to get stuck in a scrub rut of wearing the same ciel blue all the time.  We love our KimKaps because they give us the opportunity to stand out and express our style and personality all while upholding our professional appearances.  KimKaps come in so many cute patterns and a variety of styles that there is something to fit everyone’s needs.  We want to thank KimKaps for choosing us as the June ambassadors for their brand and we can’t wait to wear them and share them with our classmates!!
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Kaps for Cancer

 

 Lisa, an OR manager, sent us an email regarding one of the OR circulators who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and would be undergoing aggressive chemo and a bilateral mastectomy. Lisa wrote this about Robin:
Robin has been the clinical heart of our small OR for the past 6 years. This has been a devastating blow to our OR family and we all want to show our support on a daily basis, especially when our brave Robin comes back to work.” 
Of course we wanted to help Robin’s coworkers show their support to her during this trying time, and they selected our HUGS caps with a cute coordinating polka dot band and had Robin’s initials embroidered on them as well. 
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After receiving the caps Lisa wrote in to tell us:
 
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We participated in Medline’s Pink Glove Dance wearing them today!!! From the bottom of our hearts we appreciate the  hats and the monogramming. Thanks again for helping us show Robin how much we love her!!
Robin, we wish you the best. What an amazing group of people you have rallying around you!
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Successful Separation of Conjoined Twins in Haiti

  At KimKaps we love donating our fun scrub caps to Medical Missions and we recently had the opportunity to play a small part in an historic procedure which resulted in the successful separation of twins in Haiti. We were contacted by Mimi with a request for color-coded caps that were organized by team to provide efficiency in a hectic situation. The story aired on CBS Evening News and can be found HERE 

We received this photo and an email regarding the trip as well as the broadcast:

 Two weeks ago, an 18-person medical team left CHLA on a medical mission to Haiti. Henri Ford, MD, MHA, vice president, surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery, led an international team of clinicians in a complex, seven-hour surgery to separate conjoined twin girls, Marian and Michelle. Among the caregivers who participated in this historic event, 18 members were from CHLA and Keck Medicine of USC and 12 members were from Haiti.
The surgery was a success and the girls, now just over six months, are progressing through their recovery well. Local media covered the surgery as a source of national pride—an acknowledgment that Haiti is progressing towards full recovery from the earthquake it experienced in 2010 and that it has reached a new milestone in its ability to care for its people. We believe that CBS’ national coverage of this historic effort will highlight the impact of CHLA’s mission on an international scale.
Sincerely,

RICHARD D. CORDOVA, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer

 Mimi also emailed in to say:
“I just wanted to again extend my deepest thanks to KimKaps. The medical mission to separate conjoined twins, Michelle and Marian in Haiti was a great success. The caps truly made a difference, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity and speedy timing!!”
 
 
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Friday Feature: Linda, CST

 

Linda is a CST and sometimes she’s at The Birthing Center doing C Sections all day. Linda has been a CST for 12 years and works in the OR covering the Obstetrics department as well. 
She has been a Kim Kap user for 10 years !!!
A typical day for her in the birthing center is to arrive by 6:45, go over case carts, pull suture for Dr preference. 
She scrubs 3-4 C sections before lunch and a C section with tubal ligation after a lunch break. She then picks case carts for the following day and go over Dr preference cards for following day!
 
Thanks Linda, and thanks for being such a loyal KimKapper!
Here’s some info on how you can be featured, we’d LOVE to hear from you!

 

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Style 7(2t)

Our 2-toned style 7s are our traditional style 7, but features a fabulously cute contrasting band to accentuate the main fabric of the cap. You’ll still find the same fullness of style 7, complete with convenient fabric ties that will offer a close fit and an added dose of cute. You’ll love the versatility of this style, which gives you the option to tie under the cap in classic bouffant style, or cinched over the top to create a whole new look!
You’re going to look so cute!

 Because we love to offer our customers a variety of fabric choices, we usually only run a fabric once. The fabrics shown in our photos on the blog don’t necessarily reflect the inventory we currently have in stock. To view all of the fabric options currently available in Style 1 or to place your order, click HERE


You can also check our our custom cap option where you can send in your choice of fabric and select any of our 8 styles for just $10/hat. There’s more information HERE