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March of Dimes Grants Danbury VNA Funds for Gestational Diabetes Education

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - Danbury, CT

Danbury VNA receives grant from March of Dimes

The March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter presented a donation to Danbury Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. in the amount of $20,000 on Thursday. The grant was awarded to fund “Sweet Delivery”, a gestational diabetes education series for pregnant women, a collaborative program between Danbury Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. and the Danbury Hospital Department of OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine Section, headed by Dr. Matthew Kim.

“Gestational diabetes, (GDM) affects between 4%-12% of pregnancies in the United States. Patient education is an important factor in reducing pregnancy complications and adverse outcomes for both mother and newborn. Concern over the lack of a comprehensive informational resource to assist physicians in our community in providing education to patients with GDM lead to my discussion with the Danbury VNA to help develop this program”, stated Dr. Kim.

“Not only has Danbury VNA been providing public health education in the Greater Danbury community for 100 years, the Agency provides pre and post-natal care to thousands of mothers and infants each year. As such, we are delighted to partner with Dr. Kim to develop and implement the Sweet Deliveries program. We are grateful to the March of Dimes for their generous funding that will enable us to provide this education series free of charge so that all pregnant women who may benefit from the program may participate”, added Ann Faraguna, Executive Director of Danbury VNA.

“The March of Dimes is pleased to support this program to help mothers-to-be in the Greater Danbury area have stronger, healthier babies,” said Dr. Hema deSilva, program services chair of the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter. “Education about how to make good health choices during pregnancy is critical to positive outcomes.”

The series of weekly classes, taught by a certified diabetic educator is open to women in the 26th to 30th weeks of pregnancy who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Classes run every Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the office of Dr. Matthew Kim, Chief Maternal Fetal Medicine, Danbury Office of Physician Services, 41 Germantown Road, Danbury. Classes are free of charge and participation is on a rolling basis. The series will address the risks to mother and baby; the treatment of gestational diabetes; post delivery concerns; and disease management including nutritional and physical activity guidelines. Registration is required by calling the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association at 203-792-4120.

About Danbury Nurse Association, Inc.

Danbury Visiting Nurse Association (DVNA) has been providing quality home nursing services for 100 years. The Agency is the home care affiliate of Western Connecticut Health Network providing services in the Greater Danbury and Greater New Milford areas. Danbury VNA provides comprehensive nursing, therapy, medical social work and home health aide services to patients with a variety of health conditions using the latest in home care technology. Specialty services are offered for cardiac care and management, COPD care and management, diabetes management, fall prevention assessment, geriatric care, infusion therapy, Lifeline emergency response system, maternal child health, nutrition therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, palliative care, respiratory therapy, tele-monitoring and wound care. In addition Danbury VNA’s Immunization Clinic provides a variety of healthy living immunizations and travel vaccines.

For additional information visit DanburyVNA.org or call 203-792-4120.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.




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