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Stowe Rotary Club Gifts Copley Hospital $1,000.00 in Support of Nursing Education

November 5, 2013

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Photo Caption: The Stowe Rotary recently granted $1,000 to Copley Hospital for nursing education. Stowe Rotary President George Lewis learned about the S.T.A.B.L.E. neonatal program at Copley Hospital with (l to r) Phyllis Mitchell, RN Nursing Educator and Birthing Center nurses Sarah Chouinard, RN; Marliese Carlson, RN interim Birthing Center Manager; and Sue Fitzgerald, RN.

Morrisville – The Stowe Rotary Club recently gifted Copley Hospital $1,000.00 in support of nursing education. The gift was used to train nurses in S.T.A.B.L.E., a neonatal education program that focuses on the assessment and stabilization of sick newborns. The mnemonic stands for the six assessment and care modules in the program – sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work, and emotional support. The program is designed to improve the important stabilization care provided to sick infants and their families.

Compared to the state average, Lamoille County has a higher teen birth rate (17.5 compared to 15.8), a higher incidence of low birth rate (6.9% to 6.4%) and fewer women receive prenatal care in the first three months of pregnancy (88% to the state’s 90%). These factors may affect the health of our newborns. In 2012, there were 14.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in Vermont. S.T.A.B.L.E. education is critical to the mission of reducing infant mortality and morbidity and improving the health of children and families.

“Over the years, the Stowe Rotary has been very supportive of Copley, “ says Leah Hollenberger, Copley’s Vice President of Development and Community Relations. Past gifts have helped purchase medical equipment, including a telemetry unit, a patient lifting device, an ENT scope, and bar coding for electronic medication verification. “Their support to our community hospital has helped save lives and is greatly appreciated,” said Hollenberger.