POINT PLEASANT — The Community Foundation of Mason County Inc. has announced it awarded grant money to Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Bright Beginnings Unit for babies born with addiction.
PVH worked with MCCF Inc. in an effort to fill an ever-growing need in the region to care for children born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
The Neonatal Abstinence Unit is the first unit of its kind in Mason County and the surrounding counties, including Jackson County. The unit came about from an extreme need in the region. Mason County was transporting babies to Cabell Huntington Hospital; however, many times the beds were full there. Some babies were sent as far as Morgantown for the needed care.
An additional hardship was presented as families were forced to travel more than an hour to Huntington. These families, mothers and babies were being robbed of essential bonding time due to the distance between them.
This Community Grant assisted the BBU in purchasing infant cribs, bedside totes, infant swings, thermometers, stethoscopes, rocking chairs, cardiac/aepna monitor, bottle warmers, and other needed equipment for patient education. The grant also enabled nurses to attend the much-needed Perinatal Summit Training.
“Being able to care for our babies here makes this a complete success,” said Georgianna S. Tillis, business development coordinator for PVH. “We have not shipped a single baby since we opened the BBU for NAS babies.”
The level of care and length of stay assured these infants a better start than they would have otherwise; 191 babies and their families have been cared for since the unit opened in March 2015.
This grant made it possible for NAS babies to stay close to home and give them the much-needed care they required so early in life. It has been a huge benefit to the families who would have been forced to travel hours when the gas and food expense was not something that was affordable for most of them.
“I am extremely impressed with the Pleasant Valley Hospital Bright Beginnings Unit” commented MCCF Inc. Executive Director Christy Crowell. “We are very proud to support the ongoing success of this unit and the programs within for child and family services.”
The Community Foundation of Mason County states its very thankful to the hard-working staff of the BBU and they wish them many more “Bright Beginnings.”
(Editor’s note: The Community Foundation of Mason County- MCCF, Inc. is a non-profit public charity created by local citizens to build permanent endowment funds and issue grants and scholarships to meet community needs. Learn more about the Community Foundation of Mason County at cfofmc.com or contact Christy Sizemore Crowell, executive director, at 304-372-4500 or email at [email protected])