Century Savings Bank Fulfills 'Preemie Promise'

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The culmination of a three-year “Promise” by Century Savings Bank to the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF) was celebrated Wednesday (January 30th) with the presentation of a $5,800 check to support the care of premature and critically ill babies in the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Located in Inspira Medical Center Vineland, the NICU cares for pre-term babies – as young as 28 weeks gestational age – and other critically ill newborns.

Since 2016, as part of its Preemie Promise commitment, Century Savings Bank has matched fourth quarter donations to the DFSMF, up to $5,000. With today’s donation, the Promise has brought more than $20,000 in donations to the fund. The bank’s total donations to the fund, which date back to 2011, exceed $25,000.

Through a partnership with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Inspira Health, Nemours neonatologists and highly skilled Inspira nurses provide around-the-clock care for premature and critically ill newborns who require intensive, and often complex care. Babies can spend from days to three months or longer in the NICU.

“Century Savings Bank has given hope to the mothers, fathers and families of pre-term children in our area, and we are immensely grateful for their commitment,” said Penny Sager-Rossi, founder of the DFSMF. “Their enormous generosity helps support this vital partnership between Nemours and the Deborah F. Sager NICU at Inspira, which truly makes a difference right here in our community.”

“We are proud to support this campaign to help families of babies born too soon,” said David J. Hemple, president and CEO of Century Savings Bank. “It is inspiring to us to see a community so dedicated to helping premature infants receive life-saving care. The outpouring of support for the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund is truly heartwarming and makes a significant difference in the quality of life for so many families in our community.”

Since its opening in March 2012, the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has provided advanced care to nearly 2,000 premature and critically ill babies. Nemours neonatologists and trained NICU professionals are on hand – around the clock – to provide local families with expert care, close to home.

According to the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, survival rates for tiny infants improve when they are born at a hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Of the 18,350 babies born in South Jersey (in what year), nine percent were classified as low birth weight (five pounds, eight ounces or less). Nearly two percent were considered very low birth weight (three pounds, five ounces or less).

The warm, friendly and personal support that babies and their families receive at the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a source of hope and strength for those in need. Years after leaving the NICU, thankful parents still consider the medical team as part of their support network, returning to visit and keeping doctors updated on their children’s health and well-being.



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