OakBend Medical Center’s Patchwork of Life Gala Scheduled for October 15th


Committee members Laura Cozac, Mandi Bronsell, James Steenbergen, Anna Raun, Joseph Freudenberger, Alicen Swift, Monica Mondrik, Ann Werlein, Becky Valadez, Linda Drummond, Ann Council, May Tape, Pat Hebert and Beth Wolf.

Committee members Laura Cozac, Mandi Bronsell, James Steenbergen, Anna Raun, Joseph Freudenberger, Alicen Swift, Monica Mondrik, Ann Werlein, Becky Valadez, Linda Drummond, Ann Council, May Tape, Pat Hebert and Beth Wolf.

OakBend Medical Center will hold its signature fundraiser, Patchwork of Life Beautiful Beginnings, on Thursday, October 15th at Safari Texas from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to raise funds for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The 2015 honorary chairs are Doris and Joe Gurecky. The Patchwork of Life honoree is Pat Hebert, who was the event chair for the 2013 and 2014 Patchwork of Life events and has given generously of her time and talents to help raise funds.

OakBend Medical Center currently has a Level II NICU, which is designed to care for babies born as early as 28 weeks. The hospital provides comprehensive, intensive and progressive care for premature infants and critically ill newborns with respiratory distress and infections. The NICU features the most technologically advanced equipment to care for a new baby.

OakBend’s goal is to help both mothers and babies go home to begin their new lives as soon as possible. Research has shown that the more time and attention mothers and their newborns receive, the faster the healing process can begin. Having friends and family spend time at Mom’s bedside or interacting with the babies, giving support and love, can decrease the time spent in the hospital. With the increase in births, the Unit needs to expand from its current ability to accommodate eight babies to being able to accommodate 12.

To find out more about Patchwork of Life, call 281-341-2014 or visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org.