The Birth Center at Anna Jaques Hospital (AJH) is known for providing high-quality, personalized care to expectant mothers in a soothing, comfortable environment. With its 12 private rooms, advanced technology, and highly skilled clinical team, the unit attracts families from an ever-increasing geographic range, delivering more than 650 babies each year. To ensure that high-risk newborns delivered at AJH achieve the best possible outcomes, the Rogers Family Foundation recently made a generous $43,000 gift to the Birth Center to purchase two state-of-the-art baby warmers. Located in the hospital’s Neonatal Care Center, these warmers are already being used to aid babies who are born prematurely, underweight, or experiencing other medical complications. 

In addition to helping infants stabilize and maintain their core body temperature, the new warmers help alleviate unforeseen travel expenses for families. At the AJH Neonatal Care Center, the average hospital stay is 7.96 days. By receiving care locally, families can avoid traveling and also gain valuable time to bond with their newborn. “The team in the Birth Center is deeply committed to its mission, and we all take great pride in the clinical expertise and compassionate care we provide our patients and families,” says Alison Sekelsky, MSN, RNC, Director of Maternal Child Health. “Philanthropic support such as that provided by the Rogers Family Foundation enables us to continually update our equipment and keep pace with the latest technological developments and best practices in our field.” 

The Rogers Family Foundation’s relationship with AJH began in 2002 with a grant to the hospital’s Community Health Foundation, and they have been steadfast supporters ever since. “Medicine is a cornerstone of our mission, and health and wellness grants account for about 50 percent of our annual giving,” says Amy Rogers Dittrich, Managing Trustee of the Rogers Family Foundation. “We are proud to partner with the Anna Jaques Birth Center, building on other recent gifts we have made to support the hospital.”  

Established in 1957 by Rogers Dittrich’s grandfather Irving E. Rogers and his sons, owners of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Rogers Family Foundation is focused on investing in the communities that enabled the newspaper to grow and prosper throughout nearly 60 years of family ownership. The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company would eventually own and operate several daily and weekly newspapers distributed throughout Massachusetts. In 2005, the Rogers family sold their company, but their foundation continues to serve the community and carry on the proud tradition of civic responsibility started by its founder, Alexander H. Rogers. “In keeping with my grandfather’s intent, we’re continually inspired to give back to deserving community organizations,” says Rogers Dittrich. “Anna Jaques offers state-of-the-art facilities to our community.” 



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