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Nora Roberts Foundation Donates $250,000 to Holy Cross Health

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