Pediatric fund awards grant for breastfeeding support group
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|Participants to meet at Robinson Memorial Hospital
Ravenna, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2009 – Women who want to nurse their babies have a new resource available at Robinson Memorial Hospital. The Dr. Mary Marsick Pediatric Education Endowment Fund has awarded a grant to a new breastfeeding support group at the hospital that will provide resources and information to local women.
“This support group will meet women’s various educational needs, improve patient care beyond the inpatient experience and provide reference books and materials to group participants,” said Brea Loewitt, BSN, RN, CLC, of The Birth Center at Robinson. “Supporting breastfeeding will improve the overall health of women and children in the community.”
Breastfeeding is believed to decrease a baby’s risk of allergies, obesity and diabetes. In addition, most breastfed babies achieve healthy weight gain, experience fewer ear infections and have less illness in the first year of life.
Breastfeeding can also decrease the risks of many types of cancers in mothers, including breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding mothers are also less likely to experience postpartum depression and less likely to abandon, abuse or shake their infants.
For more information or to sign up for the support group, please call (330) 297-2576.
About the Dr. Mary Marsick Pediatric Education Endowment Fund
The Dr. Mary Marsick Pediatric Education Endowment Fund, which is administered by the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, honors and memorializes Dr. Marsick who was a pediatrician with Robinson from 1980 through 2004. She was also a staff physician for Townhall II and other well child clinics in Portage County. The fund is intended to help patients with educational materials and other resources to assist them in the care of children.
About the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation
The Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 1985 to raise financial support for a number of patient care areas including hospice, diabetes care and education, cardiac rehabilitation, mammography and other hospital and community programs and services. A board of trustees consisting of 30 business, civic and community leaders governs the Foundation. For more information or to make a donation, call the Foundation at (330) 297-8802.
About Robinson Memorial Hospital
Located in Ravenna, Robinson Memorial Hospital is a 150-staffed-bed progressive hospital serving the residents of Portage County and surrounding communities. The second-largest employer in the county, Robinson Memorial Hospital includes an urgent care facility; surgery center; free-standing, comprehensive imaging facilities and a network of physician practices throughout Portage County. Robinson Memorial Hospital has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award by HealthGrades, placing the hospital in the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the country for overall clinical excellence. Robinson Memorial Hospital is recognized as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio by the Employers Resource Council and has been designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognizes quality patient care and nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. Robinson Memorial Hospital is an affiliate member of Summa Health System. For more information, visit www.robinsonmemorial.org.