You forgot to include Bonnie Bezon RN aka Aunt Bonnie aka Emergency Room Manager aka the absolute best around in all that she does....
UMMC honored for giving newborn baby from Medina a 'Safe Haven'
Submitted by Howard Owens on June 12, 2013 - 11:17am
Staff at UMMC were honored this morning for their participation recently in the "Safe Haven" drop off of a newborn baby by a mother in distress.
Timothy Jaccard, president and director of AMT Children of Hope Foundation, and author of the 1996 law that makes Safe Haven possible, presented plaques to the hospital and to staff for UMMC's acceptance of a Safe Haven baby last month.
In late may, a mother contacted Jaccard's organization looking for an option for a baby she could no longer care for. The mother was directed to the Medina Fire Department, which accepted the baby and transported it to UMMC.
The Safe Haven law allows mothers to hand over babies to Safe Haven ambulances and hospitals without any repercussions.
Prior to the law's adoption, Jaccard said, as many as 25 babies a year in New York were being left to die in Dumpsters and along roadways. Last year, only three babies in New York died after being abandoned.
"It’s very rewarding to know that we made a difference in the community," said Maryann Cogdill, who is in charge of the maternity ward.
The baby was given a medical examination to ensure it was healthy and then placed in a foster home and it will eventually be adopted.
Photo: Mary Beth Bowen, VP of nursing, Mark Schoell, CEO of UMMC, Denise Polovick, RN, Jaccard, Cogdill and Dan Ireland, VP of clinical support services.