The Medical Center of Southeast Texas
to Participate In Mary Madeline Project
Port Arthur, Texas – September 28, 2009. October is National Perinatal Bereavement month. In recognition, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is participating in the Mary Madeline Project which was founded in memory of Madeline Marie Erickson who died at seven weeks of age. The Mary Madeline Project is a non-profit organization that donates infant burial gowns and blankets to hospitals. They are given to Neonatal Intensive Care Units for babies who die in the neonatal period. They are also given to labor and delivery units for stillborns.
The burial garments are made from donated wedding gowns and prom dresses, and are a gift to the grieving parents who must dress their little one. The Medical Center is giving back to the Mary Madeline Project by collecting needed gowns during the month of October. “By participating in this program, The Medical Center is able to help provide comfort to grieving families. It is very difficult to have to shop for a burial outfit when a baby dies,” said Raylene Hernandez, R.N and Bereavement Program Coordinator of The Medical Center.
Donated gowns may be given in memory of a loved one. If this is the case, all of the burial clothes made from that particular gown will bear a “memory tag” with the deceased loved one’s name on it. If you are interested in donating a gown, please contact The Medical Center of Southeast Texas at (409)853-5741.
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is a 224-bed hospital providing a full range of hospital services to Port Arthur and the surrounding communities. The hospital is part of IASIS Healthcare® LLC, a leading owner and operator of hospitals with facilities in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Texas and Utah.