March of Dimes shares “Day of Gratitude” with Riddle Hospital NICU team

March of Dimes Day of Gratitude Jan 2017The March of Dimes recently honored the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riddle Hospital as part of their “Day of Gratitude” on January 20. NICU staff received a plaque to demonstrate their support of the March of Dimes’ mission – to improve the health of babies.

“We are incredibly grateful to Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health’s team of health care practitioners for partnering with the March of Dimes and for dedicating themselves each day to providing life-changing care to babies and families in our communities,” said Sharon Higgins, Co-Chair, March of Dimes Campaign to End Premature Birth.

Through lifesaving research and programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, the March of Dimes has made great strides in giving every baby a fighting chance. The preterm birth rate in the United States has been reduced from 12.8 percent in 2006 to 9.6 percent in 2015. Despite this progress, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. March of Dimes continues to fund lifesaving research and speak out for legislation that improves care for moms and babies.

“We are honored that the March of Dimes came to Riddle Hospital to thank the staff of our NICU,” says Gary Perecko, President of Riddle Hospital. “Our NICU staff at Riddle Hospital and across Main Line Health goes above and beyond to ensure that our tiniest patients and their family members are receiving superior care. The work of our staff is supported by the research, funding and education provided by the March of Dimes; and for that, we are grateful.”


Photo: (From left) Gary Perecko, President, Riddle Hospital; Sharon Higgins, Co-Chair, March of Dimes Campaign to End Premature Birth; Eileen Morgan, Administrative Coordinator of the NICU/Nursery at Riddle Hospital; Susan Elder, Director of Development, March of Dimes (back); Laura Kwaan Lasley, MD, Director of Neonatology at Riddle Hospital (front); Maryann Mattes, Interim Manager of the Birthplace at Riddle Hospital; Rosi Wurster, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Riddle Hospital.

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