Providing premature and high-risk infants with the specialized care they need to grow has been the mission of the Regional Newborn Center (RNC) at Monmouth Medical Center for 40 years.
Last fall, Monmouth brought together four decades of RNC "graduates" as it celebrated the 40th anniversary of New Jersey's first newborn intensive care unit. The celebration — which drew more than 300 people from throughout the state — featured “decade” tents where those cared for in the RNC and their families could gather with staff members who provided the care during their stays. Additionally, the event featured a complimentary barbeque and entertainment.
Monmouth Medical Center's 29-bed RNC is a state-designated regional perinatal center — the busiest and largest of its kind in Monmouth and Ocean counties, treating about 500 infants each year from throughout central New Jersey for such problems as prematurity, low-birth weight, acute illness and congenital disorders, and for those requiring emergency surgery, including neurosurgical procedure.
The center is a leader in its highly specialized field — attaining a high degree of success that is reflected in state statistics that show Monmouth has one of the highest infant survival rates among neonatal ICUs in New Jersey. Nearly 98 percent of babies who receive care in Monmouth's RNC are able to thrive so that they can be brought home by their parents.
To learn more about the RNC at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, call 1-888-724-7123. For information on giving opportunities in support of the RNC, call the Foundation at 732-923-6886.
Big Steps to Again Benefit Little Feet at Third Annual Walkathon in Support of Neonatal Patients
The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center’s littlest patients will once again be the benefactors of a walkathon, as the third annual Big Steps for Little Feet kicks off September 13 on The Great Lawn at the Pier Village, Long Branch.
The event, which celebrates the very special graduates of Monmouth’s renowned Regional Newborn Center, has drawn more than 400 walkers annually. Supported by the staff of the RNC and Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and spearheaded by NICU nurse Megan Kroeze, the 2008 Big Steps for Little Feet raised $66,000 in support of the RNC.
“Our thanks to Megan Kroeze, who makes this event possible,” says Lu-Ann Russell, director of special events for Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. “Her dedication and passion for the RNC are second to none.”
The event, which celebrated the very special graduates of Monmouth’s renowned RNC, drew more than 400 walkers. In conjunction with the 2008 walkathon, Monmouth’s RNC celebrated its 40th anniversary. Monmouth opened the Regional Newborn Center in 1968, becoming the first hospital in New Jersey and the first community hospital in the country to establish a newborn intensive care unit.
To learn more about Big Steps for Little Feet, call 732-923-6886.
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