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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Raises more than $340,000 in Support of the March of Dimes

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May 7, 2009

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Money raised funds research for the prevention of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality

Sarah Nsubuga, a patient care technician at Northwestern Memorial, and her three children walk in the March for Babies.

Employees, patients and families from Northwestern Memorial Hospital joined together over the last several weeks to raise money in support of the March of Dimes. Through candy sales, special promotions in the hospital cafeteria and most recently, the March for Babies on Chicago’s lakefront, the team has raised more than $30,000 to-date, and more than $340,000 in the last several years, to support research for the prevention of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

“It’s great to see employees of the hospital banding together with families, friends and patients who believe in this cause and want to contribute to the March of Dimes mission,” said Ann Schramm, director of women’s health at Prentice Women’s Hospital.

The money raised will also help fund educational programs to teach women about the importance of prenatal care and warning signs of preterm labor, as well as offer support and information to families with a newborn in intensive care. 

Among the supporters are Crystal Hensel and her daughter Olivia, who was born 15 weeks before her due date, weighing just 1 pound, 13 ounces. Olivia spent three months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Northwestern Memorial before she was able to go home with her family.

“It was a stressful time, but the NICU staff and the March of Dimes were wonderful and made the situation much more comfortable,” said Hensel. “There are so many unknowns about premature babies that it’s important to raise money to help with research.” Today, Olivia is nearly 6 months old, and is a happy and healthy 11-pound baby.
“Northwestern Memorial has been supporting the March of Dimes for the past 20 years,” said Schramm. “By working together, we can make great strides in the research for and treatment of premature births and birth defects, while supporting our patients and their families.” 

The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, is a designated Level III Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 86-beds, making it one of the largest NICU’s in the country. 

For more information about the March of Dimes, visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/.

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