November 11, 2019
Reston, VA – The Greater Washington, D.C. Market of March of Dimes recently held a Day of Gratitude event at the NICU at Reston Hospital Center. As part of November’s Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes takes time out to visit and thank doctors and nurses who play a vital role in fighting for the health of moms and babies.
“I have had the privilege of getting to know the NICU team at Reston Hospital Center over the past three years and am honored to be here today to celebrate them. Their passion and commitment to their NICU patients and their families is inspiring and makes a lifelong impression on families after they leave the NICU,” said Kate Hornyan, March of Dimes Development Manager. “Reston Hospital Center has made a clear statement that they are committed to improving health outcomes for moms and babies.”
During their visit, March of Dimes shared its 2019 March of Dimes Report Card that reveals Virginia’s current state of maternal and infant health. The preterm birth rates decreased in Virginia from 9.5% to 9.4%, one key indicator of maternal and infant health. Beyond preterm birth, the Report Card includes a new focus on maternal health and highlights solutions and policy actions that can make a difference in Virginia.
“We appreciate the recognition from the March of Dimes and are proud to partner with them to decrease preterm birth rates,” said John Deardorff, president and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and HCA's Northern Virginia market. “We strive every day to ensure that we are offering the best maternity and newborn care to our community. Our recent partnership with Children’s National Hospital to bring the nation’s best neonatal care to Reston is outstanding example of our commitment. We are also excited to offer a new dedicated antepartum unit providing specialized care for women experiencing complications of pregnancy.”
Throughout November, March of Dimes will be highlighting ways in which we can advance the understanding of premature birth, working hand-in-hand with researchers, policymakers, community leaders, and families. Visit marchofdimes.org to learn more.