March of Dimes Thanks Evangelical Community Hospital For Caring For Babies
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Northeast PA March of Dimes held a Day of Gratitude which included a visit to Evangelical Community Hospital to show appreciation for the staff of The Family Place, Evangelical’s obstetric unit. It was an opportunity for the March of Dimes to express thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for all that they do each day as they care for newborns and their families.
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon every year. More than 1 million die, but 75 percent of these deaths are preventable. In the United States, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, and 17,000 are born in Pennsylvania. November is Prematurity Awareness Month®, and November 17 is World Prematurity Day. It’s when the March of Dimes focuses everyone’s attention on the serious issue of premature birth.
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.”
The Krebs family, Dan, Lauri, and daughter, Kyleigh, of Coal Township are serving as the 2014 Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes.
“It was such a wonderful experience for our family to join with the March of Dimes to honor the dedicated staff at Evangelical,” said Lauri. During their visit at Evangelical, Lauri and her husband, Dan, expressed their thanks for the March of Dimes and to all the local hospitals and their nursing and delivery staff for the role they play in delivering healthy babies and their care for those babies that are born prematurely.
World Prematurity Day will be observed on November 17, 2013, by the March of Dimes along with organizations in Africa, Europe, and Australia. People everywhere can help raise awareness by going to facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay and joining the virtual campaign to share stories, give hope, and save lives.
Evangelical Community Hospital received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, making it one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience.
Evangelical’s The Family Place, obstetrics unit, delivers over 1,000 babies each year.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people 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.
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 marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Evangelical Community Hospital’s The Family Place staff, Kristin Lahr, RN, Jennifer Sullivan, RN, and Jennifer Miller, Director of Maternal and Child Nursing accept a plaque and words of appreciation from the 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador Family, Lauri, Dan, and Kyleigh Krebs of Coal Township. The plaque and goodies were given 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.