More than 543,000 babies are born preterm in the United States each year. On the Western Slope, 12 percent of babies are born early, costing millions of dollars and thousands of days in neonatal intensive care. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn loss and a major cause of lifelong disability.
“Premature babies are more likely to have feeding problems because they can’t coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing,” explains Therese Houk, RN, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
When babies are born early, St. Mary’s has the expertise to take care of them. Three neonatologists lead the NICU team of nurses and nurse practitioners who care for premature, low-birth weight, and respiratory compromised infants. “And while St. Mary’s provides highly skilled neonatal care for babies born too soon, our goal, like the March of Dimes, is the prevention of premature birth,” says Houk.
In addition to the annual NICU Family Reunion held at the March for Babies on April 30, this year the NICU staff team and set a goal of raising $5,000. “We welcome anyone to walk with our team, the Purple Tutus, or to donate to prevent premature birth.”
St. Mary's Hospital NICU Family Reunion
• Celebrate Babies •
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Saturday, April 30
March for Babies
Registration at 7:30 am.
Four mile walk begins at 9:00 am.
Register, join a team, or donate at www.marchofdimes.com/colorado.
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
2635 North 7th Street Grand Junction, Colorado 81501