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March of Dimes shares “Day of Gratitude” with Riddle Hospital NICU staff

Riddle Hospital February 6, 2017 News Releases

The March of Dimes recently honored the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, as part of their “Day of Gratitude” celebration. Staff of the NICU received a plaque to demonstrate their support of the March of Dimes’ mission—to improve the health of babies.

“We are incredibly grateful to Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health’s team of health care practitioners for partnering with the March of Dimes and for dedicating themselves each day to providing life-changing care to babies and families in our communities,” said Sharon Higgins, co-chair, March of Dimes Campaign to End Premature Birth.

Through lifesaving research and programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, the March of Dimes has made great strides in giving every baby a fighting chance. The preterm birth rate in the United States has been reduced from 12.8 percent in 2006 to 9.6 percent in 2015. Despite this progress, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. March of Dimes continues to fund lifesaving research and speak out for legislation that improves care for moms and babies.

“We are honored that the March of Dimes came to Riddle Hospital to thank the staff of our NICU,” says Gary Perecko, president of Riddle Hospital. “Our NICU staff at Riddle Hospital and across Main Line Health goes above and beyond to ensure that our tiniest patients and their family members are receiving superior care. The work of our staff is supported by the research, funding and education provided by the March of Dimes. And for that, we are grateful.”

Pictured from left to right: Riddle Hospital President Gary Perecko; Sharon Higgins, co-chair, March of Dimes Campaign to End Premature Birth; Eileen Morgan, administrative coordinator of the NICU/nursery at Riddle Hospital; Susan Elder, director of development, March of Dimes (back); Laura Kwaan Lasley, MD, director of neonatology at Riddle Hospital (front); Maryann Mattes, Interim Manager of the Birthplace at Riddle Hospital; Rosi Wurster, vice president of patient care services at Riddle Hospital.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked the 13th best hospital in the Philadelphia region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2019–20, and was ranked as high performing in the following common core specialty areas: heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopaedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.