I am running the 2020 Boston Marathon to support Beth Israel's OB/GYN department in Boston. Ilana and I are blessed to have three beautiful healthy children who were all born at BIDMC. We are so grateful to the wonderful doctors, anesthisiologists and especially the highly competent nurses in the maternity ward in Boston. As new parents, they were able to show us the way with their calming demeanor, and guide us throughout the pregnancy and beyond.
The Boston Marathon represents a challenge I have been looking forward to for years. I have watched the race for many years, and have cheered Ilana on during the memorable race in 2013 and in 2014. I only started running following the 2013 bombings, and never thought I would be able to run a marathon. I have now run 3 marathons in the last 2 years.
We are so privileged to have facilities like BIDMC in our backyard. It is an honor to be able to help BIDMC's fundraising efforts while achieving my own goals. Thank you for your support!
Team BIDMC is running to support a variety of programs, including the Cancer Center, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Annual Fund, kidney disease research, and Bowdoin Street Health Center's Healthy Champions Program.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinicians within our Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology deliver approximately 5,000 babies every year. The department has become a national, award-winning leader in the movement to improve health care quality and safety, pioneering a groundbreaking "team training" approach to reducing medical errors—a methodology based on safety principles from the military, commercial aviation, and other industries.
The Klarman Family Neonatal lntensive Care Unit (NICU)
Each year, approximately one in eight babies in the United States is born prematurely, which has a profound impact on newborns and their families. These vulnerable babies often present with complex medical needs, ranging from severe breathing trouble to underdeveloped organs, and require specialized care to give them a healthy start. The NICU provides state-of-the-art, family-centered care for about 1,000 high-risk newborns and their families each year.