Nora Roberts Foundation gives to D.C.-area hospital

Sharon Kiernan, MD, neonatology, medical director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Holy Cross Hospital, speaks with Jason Aufdem-Brinke, executive director and treasurer of The Nora Roberts Foundation prior to the formal announcement of the foundation’s $250,000 gift to Holy Cross Health.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Nora Roberts Foundation recently donated $250,000 to Holy Cross Health to support the renovation and expansion of maternity and perinatal health services at Holy Cross Hospital, the largest birthing hospital in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Roberts, the New York Times bestselling author, was born in Silver Spring, Md., and lives in Washington County, Md. She created the Nora Roberts Foundation in 2001 to promote and encourage literacy, children and the arts.

Holy Cross Hospital and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital delivered and cared for more than 10,700 newborns last fiscal year, the most of any health system in the state. Additionally, Holy Cross Health provides obstetrical services to almost 1,100 low-income women each year who would otherwise lack access to high-quality pre- and post-natal care.

The Nora Roberts Foundation’s latest commitment will support renovation projects to expand Holy Cross Hospital’s maternity triage area for women in labor, update cesarean section operating rooms and invest in technology for the Perinatal Diagnostic Center, supporting Holy Cross’ continued innovation in care.

The gift was announced at the Holy Cross Health Foundation’s Women’s Health Ball.