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2007: CDHealth Foundation Awarded March of Dimes Grant
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CDHealth Foundation Awarded March of Dimes Grant

Grant to Administer Prenatal Education to Latina Mothers

WINFIELD, Ill.,  March 14, 2007 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Women and Children’s Unit was recently awarded a $22,000 grant from the March of Dimes Illinois Chapter to support the provision of prenatal education for underserved, Latina families in West Chicago.  This program will bring a Spanish speaking nurse educator into a community church to offer free information on how pregnant mothers can stay healthy and take care of their unborn child, possibly to lessen the risk of birth defects.

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

“We are proud that the March of Dimes believes in our program. We strongly agree that it is important to bring this information right into the community and the church is a perfect support system for the traditional Latina family. This collaboration will ensure that these mothers are getting the health education and prenatal care they need to start their families healthy, as soon after conception as possible,” says Claudia Mahoney, RN, MSN, director of Women and Children’s Services at CDH.

The program is intended to raise awareness and teach expectant mothers methods for optimizing a healthy pregnancy.  Some of the topics covered will include the importance of early prenatal care, healthy nutrition practices (including folic acid), and avoiding alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

“When I was approached by the nurses from the Women and Children’s unit to apply for this grant, I was so impressed with their dedication,” says Terri Horton-O’Connell, manager of grants and development operations at the Central DuPage Health Foundation. “CDH has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with excellent doctors and nurses to help newborns in distress. Quite frankly, these nurses were looking for a way to make a difference."

The mission of the Central DuPage Health Foundation reflects a deeply held philosophy that improved healthcare begins with people. It is their goal to ensure that the dedicated doctors, nurses and caregivers throughout the Central DuPage Hospital network continue to have the resources necessary to deliver top-quality, patient-centered care to every generation in every one of our communities.

This collaboration between CDH and the March of Dimes makes a perfect fit.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. An affiliation with Children’s Memorial Hospital (www.CMHatCDH.org) provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to advanced pediatric care including pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children’s Memorial.

The hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. 

For more information or to find a doctor visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

Media Contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker