The Birthplace at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has been awarded a partnership with the March of Dimes aimed at reducing the number of medically unnecessary early deliveries in our community.
Mercy was one of only 100 hospitals in the nation, three in the state and the only one in the Corridor to receive the March of Dimes “39+ Weeks Quality Improvement Service Package,” valued at $10,000. The package is part of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait®” campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of a full-term pregnancy.
According to the March of Dimes, more than 15 million babies worldwide are born too soon each year, and more than one million of those infants die as a result of their early births. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization, illness and lifelong health challenges than full-term infants.
At a special award presentation on Jan. 22 at Mercy, Michelle Gogerty (pictured left), State Director of Programs for the Iowa Chapter of the March of Dimes, presented a plaque to Amy Wright, Clinical Improvement and Accreditation Nurse for Mercy's Birthplace.Also included in the award package is a special presentation by Ronald Gibbs, MD, OB/GYN professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The April presentation, at Mercy, will be open to hospital staff as well as the general public.