Summerville Medical Center Presenting Sponsor for March for Babies 2019

(Charleston, SC, February 12, 2019)—March of Dimes and Summerville Medical Center are pleased to announce Summerville Medical Center as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 March for Babies walk in Charleston. Summerville Medical has been an avid supporter of March of Dimes for more than 10 years and are honored to donate $20,000 to this year’s event.

Lisa Valentine, CEO at Summerville Medical Center, and Karrie Powell, Chief Nursing Officer at Summerville Medical Center, will serve as the chairpersons for March for Babies 2019. As volunteer leaders, Valentine and Powell are committed to helping March of Dimes continue funding research and community programs to help more moms have full-term pregnancies and strong babies. March for Babies will take place on April 27, 2019 at Cannon Park.

“We are honored to work alongside March of Dimes for such an important cause,” commented Lisa Valentine. “At Summerville Medical Center we are dedicated to providing our Lowcountry moms and babies with the outstanding care and support they need through our advanced obstetric and neonatal services. By supporting March for Babies, we as a community have the ability to positively impact our newborns for a lifetime.”

“March of Dimes remains close to my heart due to my own experience with a premature daughter,” commented Karrie Powell, Chief Nursing Officer at Summerville Medical Center. “I am honored to serve as the co-chair for March for Babies 2019.”

“We’re thrilled to have Lisa Valentine and Karrie Powell serve as our local March for Babies chairs,” says Erin Herrmann, March of Dimes Executive Director. “These visionary women share our commitment to moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. Moms and babies are facing higher risks than ever before. March for Babies is a day for everyone to help change that by coming together in this vital community fundraising event.”

Lisa, Karrie and the Summerville Medical Center team encourage local businesses and community leaders to join them in support of March for Babies. “Each new life is precious,” says Lisa Valentine. “The number of babies born prematurely here in South Carolina and across the country is significant and March of Dimes is helping to change that.”

Individuals, families and corporate teams can register and start fundraising now at marchforbabies.org/event/charlestonsc.

March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, HCA Healthcare, Cigna and, and regionally by Publix Super Markets, Inc. Locally the event is presented by Summerville Medical Center. Additional sponsors include: MUSC Children’s Hospital, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, SPINX, Y102.5 FM and Q104.5 FM.

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About Summerville Medical Center:
Summerville Medical Center is a 124-bed, acute-care hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, a dedicated ER for children, and comprehensive medical services. The hospital recently opened Phase 1 of a $61 million Women’s Services & Surgical Services expansion. The expansion includes a two-story tower with 30 new patient beds, new Level II neonatal ICU, beautiful ‘home like” birthing suites, and state-of-the-art equipment that combines innovative technology with the comforts of home. The expansion is scheduled to be completed and fully open summer 2019. Surgical services include orthopedic, reflux, robotic and weight loss surgeries. Summerville Medical Center is part of Trident Health, which has earned recognition as a leader in the delivery of healthcare in the Lowcountry.

About March of Dimes:
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.


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