Thursday, June 16, 2016

Support for Our Tiniest Patients

It’s that time of year again for one of our biggest annual events for the GBMC HealthCare system.  This coming Sunday we’re holding the 28th Annual GBMC Father’s Day 5K  & 1 Mile Fun Walk at the GBMC campus to benefit the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

GBMC is a community-based system of care. We enjoy a lot of support from those we serve and because we are seen as the best place to have a baby in our region, we deliver more than 4,000 babies a year! About 1 in 10 of those babies spends some time in our NICU. We are very fortunate to be able to provide tertiary care to neonates at a high level for those babies born too small, too sick or too soon.  The equipment and staffing required to provide this care is expensive and our annual Father’s Day Run raises funds for the NICU and creates greater awareness of the strengths of our program and the wonderful expertise and commitment of our Team.

The annual event, presented by the GBMC Volunteer Auxiliary, has raised more than $1.75 million for the NICU over the past 27 years and offers GBMC employees, volunteers and the general public an opportunity to support the program. We are well equipped but there are always new technologies to incorporate and other things that need updating.

This year’s event will again feature a Wellness Village, open to not only race participants, but the entire community.  The Wellness Village will be open from 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the South Chapman parking lot and will include health-related vendors.  Additionally, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will also be present with fun animal friends for the kids’ area.

Though we never wish for babies to need our NICU, GBMC is grateful to be able to provide outstanding care to these precious infants and their families. Again, all proceeds from the event will benefit the GBMC NICU to help support specialized equipment, excellent facilities and experienced clinical staff.  It’s still not too late to pledge, and you can do so by visiting

…also, Happy Father’s Day to all of the Fathers in our GBMC Family!

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