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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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    Dr. Claire Pomeroy, CEO UC Davis Health System, Dr. Fred Meyers, Executive Associate Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine and Dr. Diana Farmer, Chair of Surgery at UC Davis Named Co-Chairs for Sacramento March for Babies 2012

    Sara Hyde-Lampa, State Director of Communications, March of Dimes, (415)217-6371, shyde-lampa@marchofdimes.com

    UC Davis Health System leaders join March of Dimes in leading the charge to improve the health of area babies

    Sacramento, CA, February 24, 2012 —

    “In the Greater Sacramento area more than 4,000 babies are born too soon and too small, and that’s just not acceptable. Our goal is that every baby is born healthy – it can be a reality, but it takes leaders in our community working together to make it happen.” – Dr. Claire Pomeroy, March for Babies Co-Chair

    One in 10 babies born in the Sacramento area are born prematurely – some are born months before their due date. Local health care leaders are helping March of Dimes combat premature birth – the No. 1 cause of newborn death – by rallying the community behind March for Babies.    

    In Sacramento, March for Babies is chaired by Dr. Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis Health System CEO, Dr. Fred Meyers, Executive Associate Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine and Dr. Diana Farmer, Chair of Surgery for UC Davis. Pomeroy, Meyers and Farmer know how important the March of Dimes mission is. UC Davis Health System treats more than 178 premature babies each year. In addition to caring for preterm babies, UC Davis advances the health of children through a comprehensive range of services. 

    From expert pediatric critical care and emergency medicine to complex pediatric heart surgeries and pediatric cancer therapies, UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides life-saving services to thousands of children every year.   March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Last year, the Sacramento event raised more than $1.2 million –  this year, the March for Babies chairs hope to bring in even more by focusing on new revenue and helping to raise awareness in the area.  

    “The UC Davis team is proud to partner with the March of Dimes community,” said March for Babies Co-Chair Dr. Pomeroy. “As this year’s March for Babies chairs, we are honored to support an organization that does so much to make a difference in the lives of babies.”  

    Area residents can sign up today and start a team with co-workers, family or friends. March for Babies in Sacramento is a six-mile walk, starting and ending on the steps of the State Capitol. The event will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and is expected to draw more than 7,000 participants.  

     “We’re so excited to have these dynamic co-chairs this year,” said Steve Hammond, Chair of the March of Dimes Greater Capital Division Board and President & CEO Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

    “Their passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a driving factor in the success of our event this year. We are grateful for the time and support they have been able to lend us.”  

    2012 national March for Babies sponsors are: CIGNA, Farmers Insurance Group, Famous Footwear, FedEx, First Response, Kmart, Mission Pharmaceutical, Sanofi-Pasteur, United Airlines, and Watson Pharmaceuticals. Golden State sponsors are Toyota and Big 5 Sporting Goods. March for Babies is presented by Sutter Health and is locally supported by Health Net and UC Davis Health System.  

    About the March of Dimes The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Visit us on the web in English and Spanish. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

    About UC Davis Health System UC Davis Health System is advancing health everywhere by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering interprofessional education, and creating dynamic partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country’s best medical schools, a 631-bed acute-care teaching hospital, an 800-member physician's practice group and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, an NCI-designated cancer center, the MIND Institute and other nationally prominent centers. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all.

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