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’Rock-A-Thon’ Raises Funds for New NICU at MFS

Updated: 8/1/2012
Mary Beth Farruggio, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, takes part in the hospital’s inaugural "Rock-A-Thon."

The Women’s Board at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital hosted their inaugural “Rock-A-Thon” on Friday, July 20, 2012, to kick off fundraising for the new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

The unique event took place in the main lobby where comfortable rocking chairs were steadily occupied by local business leaders, hospital employees, elected officials and community members throughout the day. 

Participants collected pledges in support of the NICU beforehand and eagerly arrived to enjoy 30 minutes of relaxation and rocking with replica babies. 

“Our community has been quite supportive," said Cindy Raven, the president of the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Women’s Board. The event brought in over $11,000 for the new unit, making their inaugural rock-a-thon a great success.  

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital delivers over 2,400 babies annually. 

In February, the hospital – in partnership with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo – announced plans for a new neonatal intensive care unit. A neonatal intensive care unit specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. 

In June, the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council voted to approve the measure. Construction will begin later this year. 

The hospital plans to convert six licensed maternity beds, two rehabilitation beds and two critical care beds for the new unit. The $2.6 million project includes renovations to existing space within the hospital. The suite will be located on the second floor, adjacent to the labor and delivery program. This will eliminate the need for at-risk newborns to be transported to a separate facility and risk further medical complications.

The new unit will be connected via a “hub and spoke model” with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the regional referral center for critically ill newborns and recipient of a US News and World Report “best hospital” award in 2011 and 2012. 

Hospital president Christopher Lane says clinical scale is the basis for creating one quality infrastructure, one integrated standard of care, and one operating model for neonatal care, a critical component of pediatric care. 

This year marks the Women’s Board of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital’s 50th anniversary of providing financial support toward facility upgrades and the purchase of state-of-the-art technology to enhance the services provided on the campus. Their generous contributions allow the hospital to continue delivering advanced health care to the local community.  

Most recently the Women’s board donated $250,000 to Millard Suburban for the purchase of 3D Tomosynthesis Digital Mammography equipment, making it one of only a few hundred facilities in the country to offer this enhanced breast health screening tool.  

A 261-bed community hospital and a subsidiary of Kaleida Health, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital offers services in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, and geriatrics. The hospital also supports residency-training programs of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.

If you are interested in becoming a member or supporting the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Women's Board, please call (716) 564-3820.