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Annual Big Steps for Little Feet Walk Raises Funds for Neonatal Transporter for The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

10/03/2014

Funds Supplement $40,000 Grant Awarded from the Will Rogers Institute

More than 400 walkers on 41 teams recently joined together on the Long Branch promenade for the eighth annual Big Steps for Little Feet Walk to benefit the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center (RNC) at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

Underwritten by Pediatrix Medical Group, the record-setting event raised more than $95,000 to support the purchase of a neonatal transporter and related pulmonary equipment designed to transport critically ill infants when they require the highest level of care that can only be provided at a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Additional funding for the neonatal transporter has been provided by the Will Rogers Institute, a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which equips hospitals providing critical care to premature infants with ventilator equipment and critical care pulmonary services. As a 2014 neonatal ventilator and pulmonary grant program recipient, the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center at The Unterberg Children's Hospital received a grant for $40,000 to facilitate the purchase of the neonatal transporter.

"The community's support of the Big Steps for Little Feet Walk is tremendous," said Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. "It is through the generosity of the community and partnerships such as the one with the Will Rogers Institute that we are able to provide the necessary intensive treatment for critically ill babies in our region, helping many of the most fragile babies survive and thrive."

In addition to funds raised through the recent walk, Big Steps for Little Feet will host its Sixth Annual Wine-Tasting Dinner on Thursday, November 13, to continue raising funds for the RNC. The event will also recognize the 2014 NICU Honoree Family – Fabio and Rose Apolito and their two NICU alumni babies, Olivia and Isabella. The Wine Tasting will take place at Stella Marina, located at 800 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.bigstepsforlittlefeet.com or call the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation at 732.923.6884.

As the first level III NICU in New Jersey and one of the nation's best in terms of survival rates, the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center provides specialized care for more than 500 babies annually – even those weighing less than a pound and born at just 24 weeks gestation. Staff members include board-certified neonatologists, specially trained nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses, therapists, social workers, technologists and a broad-range of subspecialists including pediatric surgeons and radiologists.

For more information about the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732.923.7250 www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.

PHOTO: Anne Estabrook, chair of The Unterberg Children's Hospital Committee (left) and Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center (right) lead the eighth annual Big Steps for Little Feet Walk which benefits the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center (RNC) at The Unterberg Children's Hospital.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.

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