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Local Students Make Special Delivery at Richmond University Medical Center

May 24, 2019 – Over 100 students from Public School 45 in West Brighton visited Richmond University Medical Center today to deliver handmade cards which will be distributed to families with infants in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The visit was organized by the school, the hospital, and the March of Dimes.

There are over 600 annual admissions to the hospital’s NICU, which has a survival rate of 997 out of 1,000 births, one of the highest survival rates nationwide. The NICU has saved babies weighing as little as a pound and half. The cards created by the students carried messages of hope and encouragement for families. “Get Well Soon,” “Don’t Worry,” and “Everything Will be OK,” were some of the messages written by the students on the multicolored cards. The cards will be handed out to NICU families and also posted around the NICU for staff and visitors to see.

“When your child is in the NICU, worry and concern are constants,” Rosemary Stazzone, RUMC’s chief operating officer and chief nurse officer said. “Our hope is that these cards will be a welcome distraction for parents and, more importantly, will leave with these families when their babies are strong enough to go home. Our thanks to the students, parents and faculty of PS 45 for thinking of our families and our NICU patients.”

In addition to staff from the hospital who gathered outside the main entrance to greet the students as they walked over from the school, representatives from the March of Dimes were also on hand, including Joelle Brancov, senior development manager for the March of Dimes.