2011 Hannaford Donates $250,000 to support new nursery
The Hannaford Charitable Foundation awarded Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) the largest private gift in the history of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital & Health Foundation. Hannaford’s gift of $250,000 over five years will support the multi-level nursery in the new WDH Women & Children’s Center opening in early 2013. In honor of this significant gift, the nursery will be named the Hannaford Special Care Nursery at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
According to Donna Boyce, charitable giving specialist at the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, Hannaford awards grants for initiatives that have long-lasting benefits to communities and fill a significant need. Over the past years, a few New Hampshire hospitals have closed their birth centers, creating a critical need for obstetric and newborn care facilities. Seacoast community birth rates are some of the highest in NH and WDH has led local hospitals in the number of births for several years.
At the heart of the Hospital’s new addition is a state-of-the-art Women & Children’s Center that will house the Hannaford Special Care Nursery. “It is a great example of the kind of healthcare projects of lasting value that the Hannaford Charitable Foundation works to support,” said Boyce.
The Hannaford Special Care Nursery’s family-centered model of care will facilitate bonding and attachment between parents and newborns, and prepare the family for the transition to home. Designed for multiple levels of care, the Nursery will feature a five-bed, well-baby area for newborns rooming-in with mom most of the time, a stabilization care area for infants awaiting transfer to or from a neonatal intensive care unit, and an eight-bed special care area for preterm or other babies having difficulty transitioning to life outside the womb. Four private special care rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring systems, radiant warmers, bassinets and a day bed for parents to stay with their baby. A specially-designed family suite with kitchen and laundry facilities will offer private space for the family’s comfort while staying with their baby for as long as is needed to stabilize the infant for transition to home.
According to Karen MacDonald, RN, Nurse Director for Maternal and Child Services at WDH all of the staff of Women & Children’s are really excited about the Hannaford Special Care Nursery. MacDonald said, “The Hannaford organization understands families are best served in a center that supports the privacy parents need to get to know their infants. This is especially important for high-risk infants.”
The Hannaford Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Hannaford Supermarkets of Scarborough, Maine. The Hannaford Foundation provided $1.3 million in grants in 2010 to 130 non-profit organizations that serve communities where Hannaford Supermarkets does business and where its associates live. Hannaford Supermarkets operates 178 stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.