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The Wawa Foundation donates $35,000 to the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund

During the grand opening celebration of the new Wawa store on Landis Avenue and Mill Road in Vineland on Thursday, June 23, Wawa representatives presented a check for $35,000 to the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund in support of NICU Inspira Vineland.

The Wawa Foundation has donated $120,000 over five years to support premature/critically ill infants in southern New Jersey

We are extremely grateful to the Wawa Foundation for being a driving force behind our efforts over the past five years to provide a “Pathway to Miracles” for infants in our community. »

— Amy B. Mansue, President and CEO of Inspira Health

VINELAND, NJ, UNITED STATES, June 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF) of the Inspira Health Foundation today announced that it has received a $35,000 grant from the Wawa Foundation Inc. in support of advanced medical care provided to premature, low birth weight, and critically ill infants at the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Inspira Vineland Medical Center.

The donation was presented to DFSMF officials Thursday during the opening festivities of the new Wawa store at the intersection of Landis Avenue and Mill Road in Vineland, just two miles from NICU Deborah F. Sager.

There are thousands of working poor and underinsured residents in our region who often do not receive the basic health care they need, especially during pregnancy. Additionally, this area has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state of New Jersey. These factors increase the prevalence of preterm birth and have validated the need for high-level neonatal care.

This highly specialized care is delivered through a collaboration between the Nemours Child Health System and Inspira Health, where Nemours neonatologists are paired with highly trained and experienced Inspira neonatal nurses. This improved health care is available 24/7 for these vulnerable infants, “working miracles” one day at a time.

NICU Deborah F. Sager provides enhanced medical care to premature, low birth weight, and critically ill infants in Cumberland and Salem counties, and parts of Gloucester, Atlantic, and Cape May counties .

The $35,000 donation is the fifth in a series of annual Wawa Foundation grants totaling $120,000 to date to the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF).

“Protecting the health and well-being of our communities is of critical importance and it is why we are so committed to providing exceptional healthcare at NICU Deborah F. Sager,” said said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO of Inspira Health. . “We are extremely grateful to the Wawa Foundation for being a driving force behind our efforts over the past five years to provide a ‘pathway to miracles’ for infants in our community.”

“We at the Wawa Foundation are proud to support the growth and improvement of the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland,” said Jared Culotta, Wawa Treasurer and Foundation President. Wow. “We are committed to improving lives in the communities we serve by supporting local organizations that help provide the life-saving infant and child care that so many families in the region depend on.

Premature babies – those born as early as 23 weeks – have more health problems and require longer hospital stays than full-term babies and can also have long-term health problems that can affect their whole life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2019, preterm birth and low birth weight accounted for about 17% of infant deaths (death before age 1). Babies who survive may have breathing problems, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, vision problems and hearing problems.

In 2021 alone, NICU Deborah F. Sager cared for 282 babies, 26 of whom were born at just 22-28 weeks.

Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors like the Wawa Foundation, the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund has donated more than $400,000 for new state-of-the-art beds, BiliCocoons and other equipment at the Deborah F. Sager NICU in recent years. years. New equipment includes new Giraffe OmniBed care stations, which are temperature-controlled beds for very small premature babies that allow parents and caregivers to monitor and supervise baby’s activities while reducing the need to remove the baby bed. BiliCocoons are phototherapy devices that treat neonatal jaundice without compromising the relationship between mother and newborn.

About DFSMF:
The Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF) is a restricted fund of the Inspira Health Foundation. Proceeds from the fund are used exclusively to improve the delivery of medical care for the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and for all children at Inspira Health. The DFSMF fund balance is expected to eclipse $1 million for the first time in 2022, which will generate even more revenue in the future. Since its founding in 1978, the DFSMF has made many vital contributions totaling over $700,000 to the NICU at Inspira Vineland Medical Center, now known as “The Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.” For more information or to donate, visit dfsmf.org or contact Inspira Health Foundation at 856-535-9405.

About the Wawa Foundation:
The Wawa Foundation is an extension of Wawa’s commitment to making the world a better place by fulfilling customers’ lives every day. The Wawa Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded by Wawa, Inc. to support the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities – and ultimately to help build happier, healthier communities. strong in championing life-saving research and care for those in need, leading efforts to end hunger, and supporting the heroes who make a difference every day. Since 2014, Wawa and the Wawa Foundation have donated over $120 million to make a real difference in the lives of so many people in the areas of health, hunger and everyday heroes.

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