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March 12, 2013

Library helping to raise money for the HRH Childbirth Center

— About 210 of the 1,100 babies born annually at Hendricks Regional Health receive one-on-one care in the Special Care Nursery before they go home.

Thanks to employees at the Avon-Washington Township Public Library who participate in jeans day and other team activities, those babies receive the attention and care they need during their stay.

The Special Care Nursery in the Childbirth Center at HRH was expanded and improved in fall 2012, and to complete the updates, the Hendricks Regional Health Foundation has made a commitment to raise $107,247 in 2013 to purchase five new infant radiant heat warmers.

When they heard about the effort, staff at the Avon-Washington Township Public Library agreed to donate proceeds from their jeans days and other staff fundraising activities throughout the year.

“Fundraisers for community needs like this have really been embraced by our staff,” Library Director Laurel Setser said. “It’s a great way for us to feel part of something bigger than us and is an activity other organizations and small businesses can do as well.

Our staff feels a connection with this project. Our group cannot make a large contribution, but it’s important for us to do what we can.”

The new high-tech warmers allow for uniform heating across the mattress.

A moveable heating unit and variable height adjustment allows easier access for families and caregivers, including mothers who may want to visit or feed their new babies. Other special features make ongoing care easier for nurses and doctors as they monitor and care for the infants.

For more information about becoming involved, contact Sue Bogan with the HRH Foundation by calling 745-7376 or by e-mailing to sebogan@hendricks.org.

For more information on the hospital, visit the website at www.SupportHendricks.org.

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