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Birdies Fore Babies Benefits Mercy Fort Smith's NICU

April 13, 2022

Birdies Fore Babies1 Mercy Health Foundation’s Birdies Fore Babies golf tournament will be May 9 at Hardscrabble Country Club, 5211 Cliff Drive in Fort Smith.

Hitting the links in May also means golfers can help Mercy continue to provide high-quality care for infants in Fort Smith.

Mercy Health Foundation’s Birdies Fore Babies golf tournament will be May 9 at Hardscrabble Country Club, 5211 Cliff Drive in Fort Smith. Birdies Fore Babies is a four-person scramble that includes a morning and afternoon shotgun flight. Golfers will experience the historic Hardscrabble Country Club and enjoy lunch on the premier golf course.

The annual event benefits Mercy Hospital Fort Smith’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which helps care for critically ill newborns. Mercy Hospital Fort Smith has the only level IIIa NICU in the area.

This level of care means parents can stay closer to home while their pre-term infants are cared for. Gabriel, for example, was born seven weeks early with various health complications, weighing only 1 pound, 9 ounces and measuring barely 11 inches. During his three-month NICU stay, he proved that with love, technology and high-quality care, miracles are possible. He has now grown to over 7 pounds and is thriving at home with his mom, Jo Anna, who said, "The NICU staff weren't just there to care for him physically but with love. That's what these babies need – love.”

“The ability to care for Mercy’s tiniest patients is an honor,” said Terri Hocott, NICU nurse manager at Mercy Fort Smith. “Our collaboration with Mercy Health Foundation enhances the quality of care we give and provides us with the highest quality tools to save more lives.”

Over the years, proceeds from the golf tournament have enabled Mercy to purchase equipment, including:

  • Giraffe beds for NICU patients
  • New sinks and cabinets to expand the function of the the NICU
  • Pediatric vital sign monitors
  • Feeding pumps

To learn more about Birdies Fore Babies, click here, or email [email protected].

 

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