One of the first lessons of parenting is to expect the unexpected. When planning for the arrival of a new baby, you probably don’t anticipate needing a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). However, if your baby is born prematurely or develops any complications after birth, comprehensive care is vital. Here’s why you should choose a hospital with a NICU.
At a check presentation Tuesday inside Inspira Medical Center Vineland, the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF) and Century Savings Bank celebrated the continuation of their “Preemie Promise” campaign to fund the critical care needs of premature infants in South Jersey. Century pledged $5,000 to the Memorial Fund at Tuesday’s event, bringing their total commitment to more than $30,000 since 2012.
“We are so proud of the support from Century Savings Bank to the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund,” said Penny Sager-Rossi, founder of the DFSMF. “Their fundamental desire to enhance the delivery of health care for children in our region is inspiring. With their continued commitment, we are able to make miracles happen and help fragile souls grow and thrive.”
“Century Savings Bank is proud to support the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund and the life-savings care provided to so many families throughout South Jersey,” said David J. Hemple, president and CEO of Century Savings Bank. “Together we are making our communities stronger.”
Since 2012, the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund has donated more than $400,000 to help support medical care for premature infants cared for in the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Inspira Medical Center Vineland. In 2016, the DFSMF and Century Savings Bank started the “Preemie Promise” partnership, which matches donations to the fund up to $5,000 in the last quarter of each year.
Premature babies have more health problems and require longer hospital stays than full-term babies. They may also have long-term health concerns. These babies can spend from days to three months, or longer, in the NICU.
Located in Inspira Medical Center Vineland, the Deborah F. Sager NICU cares for pre-term babies – of all gestational ages – and other critically ill newborns. Through a partnership with Nemours Children's Health and Inspira Health, Nemours neonatologists and highly skilled Inspira nurses provide around-the-clock care for premature and critically ill newborns who require intensive, and often complex care. Since opening in 2012, the physicians and nurses of the NICU have cared for more than 2,650 babies from across Southern New Jersey! In addition to the Deborah F. Sager NICU at Inspira Medical Center Vineland, Inspira Health’s state-of-the-art medical center in Mullica Hill provides experienced care for pre-term babies in its Intermediate Care Nursery.
The warm, friendly and personal support that preemies and their families receive at the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a source of hope and strength for those in need. Years after leaving the NICU, thankful parents still consider the medical team as part of their support network, returning to visit and keeping doctors updated on their children’s health and well-being.
The Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF) is a restricted fund of Inspira Health Foundation where earnings are used only to enhance the medical care of children at Inspira. Since its beginning in 1979, the DFSMF has made a number of vital contributions to support the enhanced delivery of health care to children in our region. In 2012, the DFSMF contributed $250,000 to the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Inspira Medical Center Vineland. For more information or to donate, visit dfsmf.org or contact Inspira Health Foundation at 856-641-8290.
About Century Savings Bank:
Based on strong, traditional values and local decision-making, Century Savings Bank is dedicated to being the premier financial services provider in the area, focused on the changing needs of people and business in our communities by providing the highest level of quality service. One of America’s oldest banks, Century Savings Bank began as a small mortgage association in downtown Bridgeton in 1865 and has since grown into a full-service community bank with six locations in the heart of South Jersey. Along with its headquarters in Vineland, the Bank maintains branches in Upper Deerfield, Vineland (two offices), Elmer, Mullica Hill, and Gibbstown. Century Savings Bank offers a full line of products and services, including online banking and bill pay, mobile banking, and a full suite of cash management services to meet all your consumer and commercial banking needs. To learn more about Century Savings Bank and Community Banking Plus stop by one of our banking center locations, call 844-CSB4ME, or visit www.centurysb.com.
About Inspira Health
Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in nine nationally accredited specialty programs. The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,300 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 6,000 employees, Inspira Health provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the system’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.