OakBend Medical Center’s fundraiser, Patchwork of Life Beautiful Beginnings, raised over $275,000 this year. The monies will be used to expand the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level II NICU designed to care for babies born as early as 28 weeks. With the increase in births, the Unit needs to expand from its current ability to accommodate eight babies to being able to accommodate twelve.
Dr. Courtney DeJesso, the newest Neonatologist at OakBend Medical Center, spoke at the fundraiser. “This is a great hospital that truly has a sense of a community. I’m sure that all of you see all of the growth we’ve had, subdivisions that are booming, the frontage roads that are expanding, and with all that growth comes lots of families, and lots of babies, and that’s all a very happy time, everybody’s excited, until…. it’s not so exciting because your baby is sick. It doesn’t matter if you’re premature, if you’re term, if you have a one day NICU stay, if you have a seven week NICU stay; it’s a very scary time for these families. And to be able to provide them some place that has state of the art equipment, the specialists, the nurses that care for them, the one-on-one time with the doctors, and the comfort of knowing that they can come and see their babies at any time of the day, it’s just remarkable. And I know that it means so much to these families to be able to have their babies stay here. We’ve got lots of babies being born, and I do anticipate that this NICU is going to be full and really truly needs, not only the bed space to expand, but all the equipment and staff that goes along with it in order to provide all of that great NICU care for our families.”
Patchwork of Life Beautiful Beginnings was held at Safari Texas with Joe and Doris Gurecky serving as this year’s Honorary Chairs. Pat Hebert was the Honoree. The co-chairs of the event were Dr. May Tape and Beth Wolf. Pat Hebert’s three daughters were on hand to pay a special tribute to their mother, who has served as the Gala Chair of the hospital’s fundraising event for the past two years. Cindy Hebert Layman, Shelley Hebert Hannes and Patricia Hebert McKnight surprised their mother by sharing photos and memories of all that their mother had done for them and the community throughout the years.
According to Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, “The community has always been extremely generous in supporting our fundraising efforts and their year was no exception. The monies raised will allow us to expand the NICU and assure that we are able to help the babies that need to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit.
For more information about OakBend Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org.