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Geisinger partners with March of Dimes

march of dimes logoThe March of Dimes and Geisinger Health System have joined together on the Pennsylvania Prematurity Campaign. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign meshes perfectly with Geisinger’s mission of improving the quality of care for women and children.

Prematurity is a silent crisis in America. Every year more than 470,000 infants are born prematurely, and prematurity is on the rise. It now affects one out of every eight babies born in the United States.

Prematurity takes a severe toll on America’s families and strains our health care system. Each year, 100,000 children develop health problems because of their early births. And prematurity is the leading cause of death in the first month.

Healthy Babies/Healthy Business

Visit the March of Dimes Healthy Babies/Healthy Business site for web resources on healthy pregnancy.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign is a multimillion-dollar research, awareness and education campaign to help families have healthier babies. The campaign includes:

  • Funding research to find the causes of premature birth.
  • Educating families about the warning signs of premature labor and what can be done to prevent it.
  • Providing support to families of babies in the NICU.
  • Expanding access to health care coverage so that more women can get prenatal care.
  • Helping health care providers learn ways to help reduce the risk of early delivery.
  • Advocating for access to insurance to improve maternity care and infant health outcomes

Geisinger President and CEO Glenn Steele, Jr., MD, serves as the Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania Prematurity Campaign. In turn, the March of Dimes appreciates the opportunity to partner with a preeminent rural health system, Geisinger’s assistance in targeting and delivering prematurity-related messages, and the opportunity to study and apply Geisinger’s cutting-edge healthcare delivery methods to maternal and pediatric healthcare delivery nationwide.