About the charity:
Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation Overview
Established in 1992, Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) is one of the largest research facilities in the nation that focuses solely on reproductive biology, women's health and infants' health. MWRI's researchers use a variety of basic, translational and clinical investigative tools that support their central mission to:
Across the street from Magee-Womens Hospital, MWRI occupies 125,000 square feet of modern laboratory facilities, core space and conference rooms. From its inception, MWRI was well recognized nationally for its research and currently receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health for obstetrics and gynecology than any other related department in the country. Now in its second decade, the Institute has grown from 20 faculty members to more than 100 faculty and more than 300 staff.
Magee-Womens Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of MWRI and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Established in 1984, the Foundation aims to raise money to support women's and infants' health research, education and patient care programs and services.
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Magee-Womens Hospital is a full-service women's hospital and now has expanded to include a range of services for women and men: diagnostic imaging including CT and MRI, a Heart Center, bariatric surgery, orthopaedics, cancer programs including breast and gynecologic, digestive disorders, pulmonology, thoracic surgery, minimally invasive abdominal surgery, vascular surgery, and a full-service emergency department.
The Number One Killer of Newborns
The Robb Family:
Overcoming the Tragedy of Loss
We experienced firsthand the miracle of life with the birth of our son, Baylor. Arriving far too early and much too tiny at just over 2 pounds, he spent 75 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. With the help of the physicians and nurses at Magee, today, Baylor is a healthy, happy toddler.
Sadly, we have also experienced the tragedy of loss. Hudson, Baylor's twin brother, survived only 36 hours and in a previous pregnancy, we lost our daughter, Logan, at 23 weeks. While our devastation seemed insurmountable, the prematurity team at Magee not only comforted and encouraged us in our darkest days, they brought light to our lives by helping us move forward.
Now it is our turn to show our gratitude and support the vital prematurity research, education and patient care programs at Magee. In September, 2011 we hosted the Fight Prematurity Benefit at The Club at Nevillewood. The event attracted 200 guests and raised over $100,000 to purchase a PeaPod®, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment used in preterm birth research.
We were thrilled with the success of this event, but there is much more to be done. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths in the United States.
About 540,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the US. The combined toll of dashed hopes, lost lives, and skyrocketing medical expenses is difficult to fathom. We are making a lifelong commitment to do what we can to fight prematurity and to work with the Magee research and clinical team who are passionate about changing lives.
We are thrilled that the Savor Pittsburgh Committee has chosen Magee as their charity for Savor Pittsburgh. We ask that you please support this event as all proceeds will benefit the prematurity research, education and patient care programs at Magee.
Over half a million babies are born too early. Our mission is to make that number zero and our hope is that others will join us.
– Sam & Alyssa Robb
Everything Is Not Always As It Seems
As told by Janice and Chuck Hackett
of their son Cameron
I was only 28 weeks and three days into my seemingly perfect pregnancy when I was sent to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC because of ruptured membranes. Until Wednesday, January 28, 2009, I never needed to visit a hospital concerning problems with my pregnancy. I never could have imagined the turn of events my life was about to take.
After receiving treatment, I learned that I would have to stay at Magee for the remainder of my pregnancy. However, within nine hours of arrival I went into labor. Only 45 minutes later, I delivered my first baby, Cameron, three months early.
Everything happened so quickly. I have trouble remembering the unexpected chaos of the day, but I remember seeing my son Cameron for the first time. At birth, he was only 2 pounds, 5 ounces and 14 1/2 inches long. I never saw a baby so small. I was shocked and scared when they let me hold my tiny newborn son. It soon became apparent that Cameron was surrounded by loving care at Magee. There were so many people helping, and every one of them showed genuine concern for my baby.
They took Cameron from my arms and to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where he stayed for the next 75 days. At first, it was incredibly hard to leave my baby while I went home with my husband, Chuck. We visited him twice a day during his stay. Each day when we arrived, the nurses would update us on Cameron's progress and answer any questions we had. They never seemed impatient even when answering the most menial questions. Even if Cameron was not their patient for the day, many nurses would stop in to check on him anyway. They truly became our family over the trying two-and-a-half months.
Day after day, we watched as the Magee staff treated each new complication that arose. Cameron went "through the book" of preemie conditions. If there was a complication common in preemies, he had it. During his time in the NICU, Cameron overcame Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and endured two blood transfusions.
Once it was time to take Cameron home, we were very nervous. However, thanks to Magee's wonderful staff, we knew how to properly care for our baby on our own. We came home with oxygen to use while feeding and an apnea monitor. We were able to discontinue the oxygen after three weeks and the apnea monitor after two months.
Cameron is now 3 years old and all boy. While I now spend my days with Cameron at home who keeps me on my toes, Chuck and I have continued to be involved with the NICU at Magee as members of their Parent Advisory Council which is a group of NICU parents that offer hope and support to nervous, frightened families who find themselves in the NICU. Many parents never foresee their baby's stay in the NICU. When we returned home, I left most of Cameron's preemie clothes at Magee for future unsuspecting parents. As unprepared as we were for the sudden change of events in our lives, Chuck and I could not have asked for a better place for our baby to be born and nurtured back to health.