Neonatal Rescue evolved from a concept a leading respiratory therapist came up with on a flight home from an impact trip to Ghana. He saw a need: thousands of infants were dying from easily treatable issues related to asphyxia at birth. On the long flight home, he drew up a napkin sketch of a small, robust, and portable ventilator.
Through the help of BYU’s engineering department, a proof of concept was developed. It was then shared with the business school where a competition, the Y prize, was kicked off to put the solution into action. Kindall and Erica Palmer, two of the founders of Neonatal Rescue, immediately put together a team, including the respiratory therapist, to win the competition. During the competition, we spent a year developing a sustainable solution for infant mortality in developing countries like Cambodia. We were able to spend additional time in-country where, with the help of many respiratory therapists, doctors, engineers, and the local healthcare providers, we refined and developed the Neolife Ventilator and training plan to better fit the needs there.
Soon after beginning the project to build newborn ventilators, Kindall and Erica Palmer had their first baby, Erickson. Just 12 hours after he was born he started to turn blue. Erickson was rushed to the newborn ICU with critically low oxygen levels. One of the first things the medical personnel did was hook him up to a life-saving ventilator machine, the same type of machine the new company was developing. He spent two months fighting for his life with the aid of doctors and nurses before his parents were able to bring him home, further cementing the passion and desire to help other parents and newborns around the world.
At Neonatal Rescue, we understand that a ventilator or any piece of medical equipment offered without training is useless. Throughout our travels, we have seen many “equipment graveyards”, rooms full of expensive equipment that sits untouched because of a lack of support. Our goal is not to simply drop off a ventilator and leave; we aim to change the healthcare systems and empower the patients and healthcare providers in the countries we visit. This takes an enormous amount of resources and effort. Along with our affordable, innovative medical devices, we are committed to providing ongoing in-person training, materials, and repairs, which are all crucial to our programs’ success.
Through the birth of Erickson and travels to developing countries, Neonatal Rescue members learned firsthand the sobering reality that millions of parents are confronted with every single year, many of whom are not fortunate enough to have access to a ventilator and trained personnel. We are dedicated to providing access to these critical devices and training all around the world to save lives.
Erica & Kindall Palmer
Kindall and Erica Palmer founded Neonatal Rescue in 2016 after learning of the desperate need for infant ventilators around the world. The passion for the company was further cemented when their own son had to be placed on a life-saving ventilator. Erica has been able to implement her skills in journalism and as a medical assistant within the company, and Kindall’s previous international business experience, passion, and can-do attitude has been vital in guiding Neonatal Rescue.
With experience in international sales and as a medical device engineer, Rob is thoroughly involved in all aspects of Neonatal Rescue. He was the very first employee to join the company, beginning as the lead engineer. In 2021, Rob took over as CEO and continues to pour his heart into the company and saving lives around the world.
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Having worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 25 years and Associate Professor for nearly 20 years, Janelle is highly skilled in both innovative respiratory techniques and effective teaching methods. She earned a master’s degree in Respiratory Care Leadership from Northeastern University, and a Doctor of Health Sciences degree with an emphasis in Education from A. T. Still University. Additionally, she has been involved in many humanitarian medical missions and taught respiratory therapy education in China while developing an education program there.
Vice President of Business Development
Kevin has 30 year of sales, business development, and marketing experience, primarily in the technology space and specifically in the healthcare technology space. He has worked in some of the world’s largest companies, including GE and Marubeni, as well as multiple startups. Today Kevin sees Neonatal Rescue’s mission to save lives as a way to leverage the skills he’s developed over the years of his career in technology sales and business development to do good in the world.
Vice President of Growth and Partnerships
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, over ten years ago, David began working in Emerging Markets. He and his colleagues built and developed multiple businesses including solar, farming, trucking, and manufacturing to over 300 employees where they impacted the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. Since that first experience he founded a solar startup in Ghana, consulted with small businesses in Uganda, Kenya, and much of West Africa, and has supported multiple humanitarian projects around the world in other developing markets.
As the team’s mechanical engineer, Cody is responsible for testing and implementing designs for our life-saving devices. After graduating from BYU, he worked as the head mechanical engineer for a plant nursery. His previous experience with CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and strategic problem solving at his previous job has enabled him to tackle any challenge with inventive solutions.
Jared manages all of the electrical components for Neonatal Rescue Devices. Before joining the team, Jared led a team of engineers that successfully designed a data acquisition and wireless transfer system to monitor the functionality of certain components on a CT scanner. He also helped ensign several subsystems of a cutting-edge microfluidic 3D printer that has opened many doors in fluid-related research.
Having worked in a wide variety of fields, primarily as a researcher, Ashley is involved in testing, technical writing, and compiling data. She has previously worked on a project using electrochemistry to obtain Molybdenum 99, which is vital to over 40,000 different medical procedures. Additionally, she has contributed to a study over earthquakes in Indonesia and worked for a consultant company in helping companies become data driven.