Mercy Health Foundation Ada is committed to making sure each of the more than 300 babies born every year at Mercy Hospital Ada leaves the hospital in an age and size-appropriate car seat through the foundation’s new Seats for Life Fund.
"We are excited to be able to bring this important service to our hospital and our youngest patients,” said Todd Essary, director of the Mercy Health Foundation Ada. “We know that some families that come through our facility can’t afford a proper car seat and we are blessed to have generous community members and businesses that have donated to our new Seats for Life Fund.”
One of the most common and biggest mistakes parents make is using an old or second-hand car seat. Used car seats may be missing important parts, may have been involved in a safety accident or fall short of current safety standards.
“I’ve seen many mothers deliver babies and then search for a used car seat to take their child home in because they can’t afford a new one,” said Carol Bynum, assistant manager of the Family Center at Mercy Hospital Ada. “We were able to give away our first car seat last week through the Seats for Life Fund. It was great to be able to load that baby in a car seat that we knew was safe for his age and size.”
According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (less than a year old) by 71% and to toddlers (ages 1 to 4 years old) by 54% in passenger vehicle accidents.
The commitment of Mercy Health Foundation Ada to reduce the risk of death or injury doesn’t stop at just providing families an initial car seat. The foundation will also assist families who had their child at Mercy Hospital Ada come through the family center and later find themselves in need of a car seat due to a car accident or other extenuating circumstances.
For more information or to make a contribution to the Seats for Life Fund, please call (580) 421-1403.