June 4 2008 - NICU Recieves Generous Contribution
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2008
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Trinity Mother Frances
Baker Hughes Incorporated
MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL'S NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN RECEIVES $10,000 FROM BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
NICU Construction To Be Completed This Year
TYLER, TX - In the midst of the sounds of construction at Mother Frances Hospital, Baker Hughes made a donation of $10,000 today to help outfit and operate a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) which is scheduled for completion this year. The Mother Frances Hospital NICU will be the first in Tyler.
The donation from Baker Hughes will help the hospital reach its goal of $1.7 million to establish the 12-bed, state-of-the-art unit.
"In recent years, community and philanthropic efforts at Baker Hughes have demonstrated our commitment to education and the welfare of children," said Scott Schmidt, North American Region Vice President for Baker Hughes. "Supporting the NICU here at Mother Frances Hospital is a natural fit with these activities. As our business grows in east Texas, we expect that Baker Hughes and its employees will continue to be involved in the community," he said. Baker Hughes currently has five locations in Tyler with approximately 120 employees.
"Serious medical complications occur in hundreds of babies born in Tyler each year. This generous pledge from Baker Hughes will help us provide the level of required specialized care that, previously, primarily was available only in Dallas," said Mary Elizabeth Jackson, president, Trinity Mother Frances Foundation. "Our original goal of $1.3 million has been increased to $1.7 million due to skyrocketing construction costs. We are proud to be partners with a company that understands the cost increases and is willing to help us complete this very important project."
The community-supported New Lives NICU Campaign, which was launched in 2007, is on track to raise $1.7million to build a Level IIIA NICU. The campaign was developed by the Trinity Mother Frances Foundation to encourage philanthropic donations from citizens of Tyler and the surrounding area. The goal is to help build the new neonatal intensive care unit at Mother Frances Hospital, purchase vital technology required to care for the newborns, and staff the facility with specialists. Mrs. Mary Dale Thomas is the honorary chairman of the "New Lives" fundraising effort.
Dr. Brenda Morris will be the medical director of the NICU. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and is currently serving as the Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas-Houston Medical School.For more information on how to contribute to the "New Lives NICU Campaign," please contact the Trinity Mother Frances Foundation at (903) 531-4752 or visit the website at http://www.tmfhs.org/NICUcampaign
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