Health Briefing August 24, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Baldwyn Wellness Center marks first decade
Baldwyn Wellness Center is hosting a 10th anniversary celebration from 3 until 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
Area residents are invited to come enjoy healthy snacks and tours of the facility, located at 920 N. Fourth St., Suite A.
The center is offering free guest passes Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, as well as the opportunity to register for numerous door prizes. In addition, new members can join before Aug. 31 with no registration/assessment fee.
Participants are also invited to tour the Baldwyn Outpatient Rehabilitation Center located onsite and meet the physical, occupational and speech-language therapists on staff. For more information, call (662) 365-7873 or (800) 843-3375.

Group launches campaign for Batson heart center
Friends of Children’s Hospital have pledged $2 million toward the creation of a new Children’s Heart Center at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The Friends, a group of volunteers dedicated to Batson Children’s Hospital at UMMC, announced the pledge during its recent gala event in Jackson.
The cardiovascular programs at the Children’s Hospital have experienced dramatic growth over the last two years with the recruitment of several highly skilled congenital heart surgeons and other pediatric specialists. Prior to their recruitment, most Mississippi children with congenital heart defects had to leave the state for medical care. Performing more than 400 operations per year, the children’s heart team has rapidly outgrown existing facilities.
Funds pledged by the Friends for the Children’s Heart Center will be raised over five years through annual Enchanted Evening events, with BankPlus as the lead sponsor. Previously the group raised nearly $3 million for the Eli Manning Children’s Clinics at Batson Children’s Hospital through a similar signature event, “An Evening with the Mannings.”

La Leche League part of world record
Lee County La Leche League was part of a record-setting event in July.
The Big Latch-on recorded 8,862 moms and babies breast feeding simultaneously at 626 locations in 23 countries on Aug. 4.
In Tupelo, five sets of moms and babies participated.
The mother-to-mother support group meets at 11 a.m. the first Thursday of the month and offers a lending library and 24-hour support. For information or help with a breast feeding concern, call Toni Hill at (662) 255-8283.

Women’s Hospital seeking NICU pantry donations
The NMMC Women’s Hospital in Tupelo needs the community’s help to restock its pantry for parents with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit.
A high volume of patients and their parents with extended stays has depleted supplies in recent weeks. Requested items include snack crackers, chips, soft drinks, bottled water, ready-to-eat meals, as well as travel-size hygiene items.
For more information, call social worker Christy Whitley at (662) 377-4924.