Reston, VA — On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Greater Washington, D.C. Market of March of Dimes held a Day of Gratitude event at Reston Hospital Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It was an opportunity for March of Dimes to thank hospital staff for the work they do every day to fight for the health of all moms and babies.
The preterm birth rate in the United States is on the rise for the third year in a row, a trend signaling an urgent health crisis for moms and babies, March of Dimes says. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and around the world. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems. This is a heartbreaking reality for too many families.
Kate Hornyan from March of Dimes participated in the Day of Gratitude visit. “I have the privilege to work with the team at Reston Hospital Center’s NICU and am honored to be here today to celebrate them. Their passion and commitment to each and every patient is inspiring and stays with families long after they leave the NICU,” said Kate.
"Supporting the March of Dimes is a natural fit for us," said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and HCA"s Northern Virginia Market. "We are dedicated to providing the families in our community with the best neonatal intensive care, close to home. Our partnership with the March of Dimes is a vital piece in providing the latest in care and resources to our NICU families."
Reston Hospital Center recently underwent renovations as a part of its latest master facility plan, updating the Level III NICU space from 12 to 16 bays. In addition to updating the NICU, the facility continues to update the Labor and Delivery and Post Partum areas to ensure families are comfortable during their visit at Reston Hospital Center.