Contributed by March of Dimes
Woodbridge, Virginia (December 3, 2013) — On Monday, December 2, 2013, the local March of Dimes held a Day of Gratitude event at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The event served as an opportunity for the March of Dimes staff to express thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for all that they do each day as they care for these tiny babies and their families.
Hospital staff was presented with a plaque to commemorate their efforts to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. Photos can be viewed in the March of Dimes photo gallery on Facebook.
“We look forward to participating in the March for Babies walk this year. We truly appreciate our relationship with the March of Dimes, and we hope to make this year a success by helping to improve the health of our babies―the future of our community,” noted Robin Adams, Director of Market Development.
Although the nation’s preterm birth rate has dropped for the sixth consecutive year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely each year in the U.S. These babies face an increased risk of serious medical complications and life-long disabilities. Some may not reach their first birthday. In addition to the physical and emotional effects, a preterm birth can cost 12 times more than an uncomplicated birth and currently costs the U.S. healthcare system more than $26 billion each year.
The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If complications arise in a pregnancy, they offer information and comfort to families. They 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 their outreach programs are making women aware of the importance of consuming folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects. Advocates have helped pass new laws to expand state newborn screening programs that diagnose life-threatening newborn conditions in time for effective treatment.
About the March of Dimes
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. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
This year, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life. More than four million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
About Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a 183-bed, not-for-profit community hospital in Prince William County, Virginia. We uphold the Sentara Healthcare mission to improve health every day by offering a wide range of medical specialties, a highly-qualified medical and clinical staff, and state-of-the-art technology, including Sentara eCare® Health Network, a comprehensive electronic medical record. SNVMC is accredited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). SNVMC’s current service lines include primary care, emergency care, advanced imaging, cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, orthopedics, sleep, urology, weight loss surgery, and women’s services. Sentara Healthcare is expanding in the Northern Virginia market with outpatient locations in Lake Ridge, Lorton, Springfield, and Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, visit www.sentara.com/northernvirginia.
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