The Nora Roberts Foundation has donated $250,000 to Holy Cross Health to support the renovation and expansion of maternity and perinatal health services at Holy Cross Hospital, the largest birthing hospital in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Nora Roberts, New York Times bestselling author from Silver Spring, created the Nora Roberts Foundation in 2001 to promote and encourage literacy, children and the arts.
"As a leader in maternal and children's health in the region, Holy Cross Health helps newborns have the best chance at a healthy start in life so that they may reach their full potential, and we are honored to make this donation in support of their work," said Jason Aufdem-Brinke, executive director and treasurer of The Nora Roberts Foundation and one of Roberts' sons.
Holy Cross Hospital and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital delivered and cared for more than 10,700 newborns last fiscal year, the most of any health system in the state of Maryland. Additionally, Holy Cross Health provides obstetrical services to almost 1,100 low-income women each year who would otherwise lack access to high-quality pre- and post-natal care.
The gift from The Nora Roberts Foundation was its second major commitment to Holy Cross Health over the past several years. An initial commitment of $250,000 supported the building of Holy Cross Germantown Hospital in 2014 and the Holy Cross Hospital South Building in 2015. The Nora Roberts Foundation's latest commitment will support renovation projects to expand Holy Cross Hospital's maternity triage area for women in labor, update cesarean section operating rooms and invest in technology for the Perinatal Diagnostic Center, supporting Holy Cross' continued innovation in care.
"As a forward-thinking health system, Holy Cross Health is committed to anticipating the needs of women and children and ensuring their evolving needs will continue to be met in the future, so that each woman and baby can achieve their best possible health and life," said Ann Burke, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, vice president, Medical Affairs, Holy Cross Hospital.
The gift was announced at the Holy Cross Health Foundation's Women's Health Ball on Saturday, Sept. 29. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is the first hospital in the nation located on the campus of a community college. Holy Cross Health Network provides primary care at health centers located in Silver Spring, Aspen Hill, Gaithersburg, and Germantown and community education throughout Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Caption: Sharon Kiernan, MD, neonatology, medical director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Holy Cross Hospital, speaks with Jason Aufdem-Brinke, executive director and treasurer of The Nora Roberts Foundation prior to the formal announcement of the foundation's $250,000 gift to Holy Cross Health.
Photo courtesy The Nora Roberts Foundation.