ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Virginia Hospital Center is pleased to announce that Arlington Pediatric Center (APC) will be the beneficiary of a $100,000 contribution from the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF). On the first anniversary of the formation of the foundation, the JB-LF dedicated $100,000 in proceeds from the JB-LF Memorial 5K & Family Fun Day to support primary care for newborns at APC. APC was established by the Hospital in 2001 to provide medical care to underserved Arlington children.
"Jennifer devoted her life to being an exceptional mother to her children, and as part of her legacy, we are funding an entire year of newborn well-child medical care for 240 newborns in our community who otherwise would have no access to basic healthcare," said Neal Lawson, Founder & CEO of the JB-LF. "Arlington Pediatric Center and Virginia Hospital Center are our partners in carrying out Jenn's vision to provide the best possible start in life for every child."
Arlington Pediatric Center annually provides primary and acute medical care to more than 3,400 uninsured children and children of low-income families each year. "We are truly honored to partner with the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation," said Arlington Pediatric Center Medical Director Dr. Tatiana Zenzano. "In just one year, JB-LF has become the single largest donor in supporting newborn care at APC. Primary care for newborns is central to our mission to ensure that every child in Arlington has access to care, regardless of their family's financial circumstances."
The Jennifer Bush Lawson Memorial 5K & Family Fun Day took place on November 21, 2015 and featured a 5K, Kids Fun Run, and outdoor festival. More than 1,500 people attended the event held at the Knights of Columbus in Arlington, Virginia, including more than 1,000 adult and children runners. "Beyond their exceptional financial contribution, the JB-LF has raised significant awareness about the medical needs of vulnerable pregnant women and infants living in our community," said Jeffrey DiLisi, MD, Virginia Hospital Center Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. "Serving their complex healthcare needs requires many resources and in the JB-LF, Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington Pediatric Center have found an essential partner in providing high quality medical care to low-income and uninsured women and children."
About Virginia Hospital Center:
Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for over 70 years and was named a 2015 Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group and one of America's 100 Top Hospitals® and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. The Hospital is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. Virginia Hospital Center is a 350-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility, and it is designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information on Virginia Hospital Center Health System, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com.
About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation:
Officially launched in February 2015, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in the belief that every mother and every child deserve important healthcare services for a healthy start in life, the mission of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson is to provide access to prenatal and postnatal healthcare and support for economically vulnerable mothers-to-be, newborn babies and postpartum mothers who don't have the means or resources to start their journey on solid footing. Jennifer Bush-Lawson dedicated her life to her children and to being the best mother possible. She believed that every mother – regardless of race, color, creed, or economic status – should have an opportunity to do the same. For more information about the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, please visit jb-lf.org.
About Virginia Hospital Center Foundation:
Established in 2007, Virginia Hospital Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to advance healthcare excellence at Virginia Hospital Center.
SOURCE Virginia Hospital Center