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Local boy raises money to thank Bryn Mawr Hospital NICU for saving siblings lives

Bryn Mawr Hospital April 15, 2015 News Releases

(Bryn Mawr, PA) – Benjamin Kish of Wayne, PA, was only three years old when his brothers Joshua and Alexander were born three months prematurely at Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health (MLH) in 2011. But when his first grade class at New Eagle Elementary School in Wayne was participating in a “Big Give Project,” he knew immediately he wanted to give back to Bryn Mawr’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In his words, the NICU “saved my brothers.”

For his project, Benjamin sold handmade magnets for $5 each to his friends and family. He raised $55, which he donated to the NICU. Glenn Kaplan, MD, director, Neonatology Services, MLH, wrote a thank you note to Benjamin and invited him to tour the NICU, which he did earlier this month. In the letter to Ben, Dr. Kaplan stated: “It was very thoughtful of you to make us the recipient of your fundraising efforts. It is people like you that make our jobs so rewarding. Thank you.”

In photo: (Front row, from left) Alexander, Benjamin and Joshua Kish, and their mom Melissa Bloom and grandmother Meryl Yablonka, tour the NICU with (center) Glenn Kaplan, MD, and Barb Mahoney, nurse manager, MLH NICUs.

About Bryn Mawr Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 287-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to lifelong health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named as one of the top six hospitals in the Philadelphia region and top 12 in the state of Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017–18, and is ranked as high-performing in the specialties of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics and orthopedics. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Bryn Mawr Hospital as high performing in the following procedures/conditions: COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) has also received the 2015–18 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The National Institutes of Health Commission on Cancer has accredited our Cancer Center and our Comprehensive Breast Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Bariatric Program has earned the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center designation from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, maternity care, bariatric surgery, neurovascular and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technologies. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified, fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians.


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