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Century Savings Bank “Preemie Promise” Donations to Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund Exceed $30,000

From left, Dawn Goffredo, administrative director of Maternal Child Health; Laurie Trongone, assistant vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services; Jessica Kowal, chief development officer; Ashish Gupta, M.D., neonatologist; David J. Hemple, president and CEO, Century Savings Bank; and Penny Sager-Rossi, founder of the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund, were joined by members of the Maternal Child Health team for the check presentation.

At a check presentation inside Inspira Medical Center Vineland, the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund (DFSMF) and Century Savings Bank celebrated the continuation of their “Preemie Promise” campaign to fund the critical care needs of premature infants in South Jersey. Century pledged $5,000 to the Memorial Fund, bringing their total commitment to more than $30,000 since 2012.

Since 2012, the Deborah F. Sager Memorial Fund has donated more than $400,000 to help support medical care for premature infants cared for in the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Inspira Medical Center Vineland. In 2016, the DFSMF and Century Savings Bank started the “Preemie Promise” partnership, which matches donations to the fund up to $5,000 in the last quarter of each year.

Located in Inspira Medical Center Vineland, the Deborah F. Sager NICU cares for pre-term babies—of all gestational ages—and other critically ill newborns. Through a partnership with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Inspira Health, Nemours neonatologists and highly skilled Inspira nurses provide around-the-clock care for premature and critically ill newborns who require intensive, and often complex care. Since opening in 2012, the physicians and nurses of the NICU have cared for more than 2,650 babies across southern New Jersey.

The warm, friendly and personal support that preemies and their families receive at the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a source of hope and strength for those in need. Years after leaving the NICU, thankful parents still consider the medical team as part of their support network, returning to visit and keeping doctors updated on their children’s health and well-being.