Congratulations to Susan Cacciavillano, RN, BSN, RNC, Stefanie Steinberger, DPT, NTMTC, and Marie Robinson, President, Women's Auxiliary, for being named as Healthcare Heroes by Main Line Today magazine!
Susan Cacciavillano, RN, BSN, RNC
Stefanie Steinberger, DPT, NTMTC
Chester County Hospital
In Chester County Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, babies are cared for by nurse Susan Cacciavillano, lead NICU physical therapist Stefanie Steinberger and their team of "Cuddlers," 34 volunteers specially trained to hold, rock and soothe prematurely born infants. "Positive touch can change how babies' brains develop," Steinberger says.
She and Cacciavillano brought the program to Chester County Hospital by winning a $10,000 grant from Huggies' No Baby Unhugged program. "Most parents can't be in the NICU with their kids 24 hours every day," Cacciavillano says. "Now, we have people who help."
President, Chester County Hospital Women's Auxiliary
Chester County Hospital's new state-of-the art NICU exists, in large part, because of funds raised by the Chester County Hospital Women's Auxiliary, a 300-member group led by its president, Marie Robinson. "Chester County Hospital asked if we could raise $1.25 million in honor of its 125th anniversary," Robinson says. "I said, 'Oh yeah, we can do that.'"
A retired teacher who lives in West Chester, Robinson was thrilled to see her team acquire the money needed to renovate Chester County's only Level 3 NICU. And the auxiliary is just getting started -- Robinson plans to raise another $1.25 million by 2020.
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