CONYERS, GA– A brand new partnership between Piedmont Rockdale Hospital and the federal WIC program is aiding eligible moms of infants within the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)get hold of the diet they by way of a coordinated utility course of. The brand new course of is designed to save lots of mothers from having to make a visit to a authorities workplace to use for the Particular Supplemental Diet Program for Girls, Infants and Kids.
Details about this system will likely be offered at a digital NICU dad or mum help group assembly, hosted by the native well being division on the primary and third Wednesday of each month. Then, on the primary and third Thursday of each month, a WIC consultant will go to the Piedmont Rockdale campus in a cellular van to offer companies akin to printing vouchers, to finish enrollment and begin advantages.
These precautions are being taken to keep away from publicity to germs, particularly through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, hospital officers said in a information launch.
“We’re excited for the chance to make WIC simpler to entry for our sufferers,” stated Leigha Fallis, chief nursing officer at Piedmont Rockdale.
Along with earnings and state residency necessities, eligibility for WIC rests on a person’s “diet danger” and being pregnant problems and poor being pregnant outcomes qualify as danger components. So, this program might be particularly useful to moms who’ve untimely newborns.
“We hope that by connecting extra mothers in want to those dietary sources, infants will go away our NICU more healthy and go on to turn out to be wholesome kids,” stated Dana Mizell, scientific supervisor of the NICU at Piedmont Rockdale.
WIC may additionally be obtainable to any pregnant, postpartum, and/or breastfeeding lady, toddler or little one as much as age 5 who meets sure standards. Individuals obtain funds to buy nutritious meals, like iron-fortified cereal, fruits, greens, eggs, milk, and peanut butter.
For extra details about the Stage III NICU at Piedmont Rockdale, go to piedmont.org.
Pictured L-R in above photograph: Deshelia Harris, peer counselor supervisor for Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Well being Departments; Dannah Burch, deputy diet companies director for Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Well being Departments; Carmen Henderson, Labor & Supply scientific supervisor at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital; Dana Mizell, NICU scientific supervisor at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital; Cathy Harris, director of Girls’s Companies at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital; Leigha Fallis, chief nursing officer at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital; and Marilyn Beard, lactation guide at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital.