Published: 11/17/2014

March of Dimes Thanks Evangelical Community Hospital For Caring For Babies

LEWISBURG, PA - Recently the Northeast PA March of Dimes visited The Family Place, the obstetric unit of Evangelical Community Hospital as part of their Day of Gratitude effort to show appreciation for the staff and to bring awareness to the issue of premature births.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year. That is more than 1 in 10 babies. Almost 1 million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth. Many survivors face a lifetime of disability, including learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems.

The March of Dimes of Pennsylvania states that every year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born in too soon, with 16,250 of them being born in Pennsylvania. During November, Prematurity Awareness Month® the March of Dimes focuses everyone’s attention on the serious issue of premature birth.

Ashley Fulmer, Community Director with the March of Dimes of Pennsylvania presented a plaque as an expression of thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for all they do each day as they care for newborns and their families.

Jennifer Miller, Director of Maternal and Child Nursing at Evangelical Community Hospital’s The Family Place said, “Our family of staff continue to promote and encourage mothers to go to 39 weeks. Research shows this milestone in the pregnancy encourages strong brain, body, and emotional development. In cases where it’s not possible to go the 39 weeks, we work one-on-one with families and the new baby to ensure that all prematurity concerns are addressed. For us, it’s an honor to be part of any birth and to work with families to start them off on a healthy note.”

November is Prematurity Awareness month and World Prematurity Day was observed on November 17, 2014, by the March of Dimes along with organizations in Africa, Europe, and Australia. People everywhere can help raise awareness by going to and joining the virtual campaign to share stories, give hope, and save lives.

About Evangelical:
Evangelical employs approximately 1,626 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.

Evangelical’s obstetrics unit, known as The Family Place, recently underwent extensive renovations to enhance comfort for expecting moms and their families, with the new remodeled unit being unveiled in June of 2014. The staff of The Family Place assist in the delivery and care of over 1,000 babies each year.

About March of Dimes:
The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten babies and work on preventing them. Since the organization was established in 1938, March of Dimes work has led to discoveries that shape today’s standards of a healthy pregnancy. March of Dimes research helped link alcohol consumption in pregnancy to birth defects, and our outreach programs are making women aware of the importance of consuming folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects. Our advocates have helped pass new laws to expand state newborn screening programs that diagnose and treat life-threatening newborn conditions in time for effective treatment.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Evangelical Community Hospital’s The Family Place staff, Susan Payne RNC, BSN, Linda Ulrich, RN, Jennifer Zeigler, RN, Jennifer Miller, Director of Maternal and Child Nursing at The Family Place, and Sharon Hixson, RNC, accept a plaque of appreciation from Ashley Fulmer, Community Director for the March of Dimes of Pennsylvania (third from left). The plaque was presented as part of the March of Dimes Day of Gratitude effort, thanking local hospitals for the work they do each day to bring healthy babies into the world.