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Dr. Ian Paul knows the importance of Children’s Miracle Network first hand. Through its funding, he helped create a tool for health care providers to determine whether a breastfed newborn is losing too much weight during the first few days of life.
A third of Children’s Miracle Network annual funding is used for pediatric research like Paul’s. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network through events like this weekend’s Telethon on WGAL-TV 8, help purchase equipment like giraffe omnibeds, a pediatric ambulance and a heart-lung bypass machine. Funds also support vital patient programs like Child Life.
As an academic medical center, Penn State Hershey helps improve pediatric care through educating the next generation of providers and through research and development of new technologies. The first of its kind Newborn Weight Tool, or NeWT, is one example of that.
“Funding from Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey was crucial to allow us to take our research findings regarding newborn weight loss and share them with pediatricians, lactation consultants, nurses, and even parents, around the world,” said Paul, a professor of pediatrics and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and a pediatrician at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. “The funding allowed us to build a website that can be used anywhere on a desktop computer, tablet, or smart phone to help individual babies and their mothers in real time.”
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has once again earned a ranking among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in multiple specialties by U.S. News and World Report. This year, the Children’s Hospital is ranked in orthopaedics (for the second straight year), cancer, and diabetes and endocrinology.
This news serves to affirm for members of the Penn State Hershey community both the quality of the care and the quality of the caring that happens at our Children’s Hospital every day. The daily commitment so many people make to provide vital services to the children and families of our community is what makes recognition like this possible.
This honor belongs to each person involved with the care of our pediatric patients and families — our faculty and staff, our students, our volunteers, our friends, and our supporters.
On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you and congratulations to all who have made it possible.
If it’s true that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give, then Milton S. Hershey’s legacy continues to make for an extraordinary life.
Milton S. Hershey is familiar to some who visit the Medical Center bearing his name, and to others who simply enjoy his namesake chocolate candy. But many people probably aren’t aware of the far-reaching influence of this businessman, leader, and philanthropist. Taken together, the long history among Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, and The Hershey Company begins to reveal his wide-ranging impact.
For instance, this unique partnership continues to lead the way locally and nationally, working seamlessly toward a common goal — improving the lives of children and the quality of life in the region. And in the last couple decades the steadfast efforts of dedicated men and women embracing Hershey’s vision have left their own imprint. Here are some of the highlights. (more…)