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Dayton Children's Hospital Breaks Ground on New Patient Tower

DAYTON -- It's not a good statistic, Ohio has the third highest infant mortality rate in the nation.  But now, local and state health professionals and lawmakers are working to save more babies.

There was a groundbreaking today on the Dayton Children's Hospital campus for a new eight story patient tower, which will include an advanced neonatal intensive care unit or NICU, an innovative Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, and new patient care units.

Senator Sherrod Brown was on hand for the groundbreaking, where he also announced a new bi-partisan bill that would fill gaps in federal reporting of infant deaths and step-up prevention.

''We've just got to do better'', Senator Brown told us today, ''one of the problems is that we don't collect nationally the informationm so these deaths and these illnesses can be explained, analyzed and understood better.''

Each year, there are more than 25,000 stillbirths in the United States, often resulting from birth defects, umbilical cord problems, chronic conditions of the mother, or infections. However, there is no known cause for as many as half of all stillbirths, leaving thousands of parents without any explanation for these deaths. In addition, there are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths each year and another 200 children between the age of one and four who die without any clear cause for their death. Many of these tragedies could be prevented if there were a better understanding of the reasons for these heartbreaking deaths.


 
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