Local Hospitals Partner with March of Dimes to Observe Prematurity Awareness Day – November 17

The March of Dimes along with El Centro Regional Medical Center and Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District have teamed up to highlight Prematurity Awareness Day – November 17th in Imperial County. A Press Conference will be held in Brawley on Wednesday, November 17th to raise attention to the problem of premature birth.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
WHERE: Pioneers Memorial Hospital
(in front of the Phyllis Dillard Family Medical Center)
207 W. Legion Road
Brawley, CA 92227
TIME: 9:00am – 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Richard Mendoza, CEO
Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
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November is Prematur i ty Awareness Month
Dr. David F. Hagen
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pioneers Memorial Hospital
Maria Peinado, Chairwoman
Imperial Valley Preemie Family Council
Adriana Ponce
Imperial Valley Ambassador Family Mother
WHY: Preterm birth is a serious and costly problem that affects more than 545,000 babies (1 in 8) each year. In California, more than 61,000 babies are born too soon.
In Imperial County, 3221 babies are born each year and 335 babies are born prematurely.
Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death and a major cause of disability.
It costs the nation $26 billion annually to care for babies born prematurely according to the Institute of Medicine.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health and works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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