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  • HCA Florida Brandon Hospital Ranks 9th in Worldwide Read-a-Thon for NICU Babies

    BRANDON, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2023) - HCA Florida Brandon Hospital ranked ninth in a worldwide Read-a-Thon for caregiver reading sessions with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) babies. Caregivers from departments across Brandon Hospital, as well as volunteers, read stories to infants over the 10-day competition (Sept. 11 -21). The Brandon Hospital team conducted 670 reading sessions with NICU babies over the 10-day competition, more than tripling their goal.
    “Reading to babies is so important for their brain development, bonding with their families and relieving stress. We really made a mark! It’s amazing that our caregivers were in the Top 10 for reading sessions to infants in a worldwide Read-a-Thon,” said neonatologist Dr. Bianca Karber. “It has been an incredible sight to see so many caregivers and volunteers from across the hospital make such a commitment to infant health by reading to our tiniest patients.”
    Throughout the Read-a-thon, caregivers read books from Pippa’s library located near the Brandon Hospital NICU. This collection of children’s books honors Dr. Karber’s baby girl, who she lost during pregnancy earlier this year. This competition has a special place in Dr. Karber’s heart, a way to cherish her daughter’s memory.
    About HCA Florida Brandon Hospital Accredited by The Joint Commission, HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is a 479-bed acute care facility that is nationally ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by IBM Watson. The hospital offers a number of specialty services including a Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, Children’s Emergency Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Burn and Plastic Surgery Center, Weight Loss Surgery Center of Excellence, Comprehensive Stroke Center and The Women’s Center, which includes the baby suites and Level III neonatal intensive care units. Additional services include an orthopedic program, comprehensive hand program and lymphedema surgery. The hospital’s ER is one of the busiest in the state, with adult and children’s centers on its main campus and five additional emergency locations in Lakeland, New Tampa, Plant City, Riverview and Temple Terrace. The hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive in Brandon, FL. For more information, visit HCAFloridaBrandonHospital.com.
    About HCA Florida Healthcare
    HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 650 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms. United as a statewide network in 2022, HCA Florida Healthcare includes approximately 11,000 experienced doctors and more than 79,000 colleagues working together to deliver advanced, collaborative care to more than 8.6 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provided $848.8 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across Florida, including the new $360 million state-of-the-art, multi-specialty HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, Fla. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For more information, please visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com.
    Laura D. Stauter
    Director, Communications and Community Engagement
    HCA Florida Brandon Hospital
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