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CFO of Colleton Medical Center to chair Walterboro March for Babies

march for babiesJimmy Hiott, chief financial officer of Colleton Medical Center, will serve as this year’s Chair for March for Babies in Walterboro.

Hiott is dedicated to helping reach this year’s event goal of $60,000 to support the March of Dimes research and community programs to help mothers have full-term pregnancies and babies to begin healthy lives. March for Babies will take place on Saturday, April 13 at Colleton Medical Center.

“When you participate in March for Babies, you are helping the March of Dimes continue working for stronger, healthier babies in our community and across our state. The money we raise supports programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our state’s babies,” said Hiott.

“I’m serving as the 2013 Chair for March for Babies because I believe if we can give a child a healthy birth, we are making a positive impact on their future quality of life. I am very excited to be taking on this role. I have been involved with the March of Dimes since 1995, and I feel that this organization is important to our community. I am also glad that children in need are being properly cared for, thanks to this organization. I challenge Walterboro’s businesses and families to join me in raising critical funds so more families will know the joy of having a healthy baby.”

“We are honored to have the leadership of Mr. Hiott and the support of the employees of Colleton Medical Center,” said Ashley Lindquist, March of Dimes Community Director. “When our local businesses and families come together for March for Babies, they show the whole community the value of volunteer service and community involvement, and they are helping more families know the joy of having a healthy baby.”

Premature birth is the most critical infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects more than half a million babies each year, and that number is growing every day. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to decreasing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, to reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, and to increase access to prenatal care and also educate men and women about having healthy babies.

Locally, the March for Babies event will be sponsored by the Colleton Medical Center and the Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.