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Silver Cross Women and Infant Services Birthing Center Recognize World Prematurity Day

New Lenox, IL (Dec. 4, 2012) — Employees from Silver Cross Hospital’s Women and Infant Services Birthing Center recognize “World Prematurity Day” on November 16.

This day is set aside to honor the 1 million babies worldwide who died this year because they were born too soon, and the 12 million more who struggle to survive. 

“Our staff wore purple ribbons to show our support, not only for these babies, but also for the work done by the March of Dimes, whose goal is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality,” said  Marilyn Paolella, R.N., Director Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital. 

premiedayphoto_newsPhoto caption: Employees from Silver Cross Hospital’s Women and Infant Services Birthing Center Recognize “World Prematurity Day” on November 16.  Pictured from left to right are: Elisa Wilson, R.N.; Kelly Zernia, Unit Clerk; Joanne Booble, Technician; Cheryl Jarosz, R.N.; Marilyn Paolella, R.N., Director Women and Infant Services; Sue Shroba, R.N.; Patti Duncan, R.N.; Linda Ellis, Technician; Nicole Jaramillo, R.N.; and Zora Garrett, Environmental Services Employees.  

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information about Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, visit www.marchofdimes.com

About the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing CenterSilver Cross has brought together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make the birthing experience all the more memorable. On Feb. 26, 2012, the new Birthing Center opened at the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital located at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. The Center has 12 luxurious birthing suites designed for labor, delivery and recovery so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of 30 private mother-baby suites.  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock. 

Furthermore, a variety of pain relief methods are available 24 hours a day provided by an anesthesiologist.  And for deliveries requiring surgery, there are two complete cesarean suites.  Lurie Children’s Hospital neonatologists and pediatric hospitalist continue to be onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Lurie Children’s pediatric cardiologists are available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross. For more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center, visit www.silvercross.org.  For a referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist or pediatrician on staff at Silver Cross, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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