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Exempla Healthcare Becomes First Colorado Sponsor of March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign.

DENVER -- Organization to Provide $50,000 Donation plus Assistance in Educating Public about Prematurity

Exempla ex·em·pla  
Plural of exemplum.
 Healthcare has become the first Colorado sponsor of the March of Dimes
For the Canadian charitable organization, see Ontario March of Dimes and March of Dimes Canada.
March of Dimes is the name of a United States health charity, whose mission is to improve the health of babies.
 Prematurity Campaign, it was announced today. In addition to a $50,000 donation, the organization, through its hospitals, will help the March of Dimes educate pregnant women and the general public about prematurity. This campaign is in alignment with Exempla's focus on quality and patient safety. The hospitals managed by Exempla Healthcare are Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center Exempla Lutheran Medical Center is a hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. History
In 1905, the Evangelical Lutheran Sanitarium, a tent colony for tuberculosis patients, opened in Wheat Ridge, a few miles west of Denver's city limits.
 and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (located in Lafayette, Wheat Ridge and Denver, respectively).

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign is a five-year initiative aimed at decreasing the number of premature births and raising awareness of prematurity as a common and serious infant-health problem. Over the life of the campaign, the March of Dimes will invest $75 million nationwide in research and education to achieve these goals.

Prematurity is defined as the birth of a baby three or more weeks before its due date. Since 1981, the incidence of prematurity has increased by 29%. Prematurity has been identified both as the number-one cause of newborn death in the U.S. and (for babies who survive) a leading contributor to lifelong disabilities such as blindness, cerebral palsy cerebral palsy (sərē`brəl pôl`zē), disability caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscular control and coordination.  and mental retardation mental retardation, below average level of intellectual functioning, usually defined by an IQ of below 70 to 75, combined with limitations in the skills necessary for daily living. . More than half the time, the causes of prematurity are not known. The national expense of prematurity has been estimated to be $13.6 billion per year. Both in Colorado and nationwide, one in eight babies is born prematurely.

Endorsers of the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign include the national and Colorado branches of the American Academy of Pediatrics The American Academy of Pediatrics ("AAP") is an organization of pediatricians, physicians trained to deal with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. Its motto is: "Dedicated to the Health of All Children. , the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a professional association of medical doctors specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in the United States. It has a membership of over 49,000[1] and represents 90 percent of U.S. , and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, plus the Colorado Hospital Association.

"We are very excited to work with Exempla Healthcare on this important project and so pleased to name Exempla as our first Prematurity Campaign sponsor," said Shelly Goodchild, state director of the March of Dimes Colorado Chapter. "We hope to develop programs with Exempla that can be used as models elsewhere in the state."

"Every day at our hospitals we experience the devastating dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 impact prematurity has on babies and their families," said Jeff Selberg, president and chief executive officer of Exempla Healthcare. "No organization is focused on addressing prematurity on the scale that the March of Dimes is, from basic-science research to connecting one-on-one with pregnant women. Working together, we want to achieve results for our patients and give every baby the chance for a healthy start."

Exempla Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-based healthcare system. It is sponsored by the LMC LMC Large Magellanic Cloud (also see SMC)
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LMC Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk, NC)
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Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes is a nonprofit health organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. To achieve its mission, the March of Dimes funds research, community services, education and advocacy. Currently in Colorado, the March of Dimes funds $1.3 million in grants, plus operates its own healthy-baby programs. More about the March of Dimes, plus free infant and maternal health information, is available at (English) and (Spanish).
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