JOIN US JUNE 2, 2019 TO "GO THE EXTRA MILE" FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE
Some of the region’s most well-loved OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine clinicians, donors, and sponsors have raised more than $216,000 for Virtua’s comprehensive Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care Program through “Run with the Docs,” a 5k run and 1-Mile walk that takes place at Virtua Voorhees Hospital each year. These committed participants, donors and volunteers are truly "Going the Extra Mile" to support families who experience the tragedy of miscarriage and infant loss.
Through your support, Run with the Docs helps Virtua’s Perinatal Bereavement and Palliative Care program in so many ways.
When a family suffers a miscarriage, Virtua’s Bereavement team provides grieving parents with educational materials, information on local and national resources, and self-care kits that help them cope with the physical and emotional challenges they face after they leave the Emergency Room.
Families who suffer a stillbirth need support far beyond the hospital, and we are always there for families who have endured this immeasurable tragedy. In addition to information and resources, we provide books for siblings, care kits for grieving parents, and emotional support items such as memory boxes, angel gowns, footprint cards, and more.
Compassion and caring are always on trend, but it is important for us to keep up on research, trends, and techniques. Each year, we attend at least one professional conference; in 2017, we also launched Breaking Bad News (BBN) training for physicians, nurses, and staff.
The first of its kind, this race was organized in 2015 by a committee of physicians who recognized a need for additional support for patients and families who experience the loss of a pregnancy or an infant. In its first year, Run with the Docs raised nearly $40,000.
“This type of loss can devastate families. As caregivers, we need to know the best ways to provide the comfort and support they need to heal. That’s part of what Virtua’s bereavement program can do with our help,” says Stacy McCrosson.
The proceeds help Virtua expand its bereavement services so they have greater impact and reach more families across the region. With gifts made to Virtua Foundation, Virtua also facilitates education and sensitivity training for healthcare teams in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that may have contact with a family who experiences loss. Bereavement support and counseling is available for grieving parents who are patients at Virtua and at other hospitals in our community.
“The community’s outpouring of support has been tremendous,” says Ann Coyle, RN, manager of the perinatal bereavement program. “It’s so important that grieving patients and families get the right kind of support at the right time and this funding enables us to educate caregivers across the region about how to provide that.”