March for Babies - Fort Worth

Laura Swaney, VP of women’s and children’s services, served as chair of Dallas March for Babies

Dallas, TXMedical City Healthcare and its colleagues, with the support of HCA Healthcare, raised more than $150,000 for March of Dimes, to help reduce premature births and contribute to healthier tomorrows for moms, babies and families.

Dozens of Medical City Healthcare colleagues showed up for the Dallas March for Babies on April 29 at Trinity Groves and at the Tarrant County March for Babies on April 15 at Panther Island Pavilion. Medical City Healthcare was the Signature Sponsor of the 2023 Dallas March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™. Laura Swaney, division vice president for women’s and children’s services, served as chair of the Dallas event and also serves on the executive committee of the Dallas affiliate of March of Dimes.

Additionally, Alexis Burnett, Medical City Healthcare VP of surgical services, and her family were ambassadors for the cause, raising awareness in a touching video about the loss of their premature son, Hudson.

“Whether it’s care at the bedside or opening their hearts and wallets, the compassion of our colleagues is boundless and I’m very proud of the impact that we are making,” says Laura Swaney, Medical City Healthcare VP of women’s and children’s services. “March of Dimes is unparalleled in the work it does for moms and babies and we are honored to be part of this Mother of a Movement, not just on walk day, but every day.”

As one of the region’s largest providers of hospital services, Medical City Healthcare delivered more than 20,000 babies throughout its system of care in North Texas last year. Nearly 6,000 babies required higher care and admission to one of Medical City Healthcare’s eight neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

Each year in the U.S., about 380,000 babies are born pre-term. The latest available statistics show that one in ten babies were born preterm in Dallas County, with Black infants, American Indian/Alaska Natives and Hispanics having the highest rates. The goal for March of Dimes is to end preventable maternal health risks and deaths, end preventable pre-term birth and infant death and close the health equity gap.