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Release Date: 07/06/2015

Corin Nava of Warwick, RI, a family resource specialist at Women & Infants Partnering with Parents Program and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) volunteer, was recently honored by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

The Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation hosted their awards program as part of the ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative in honor of Myra Kraft’s example of being a lifelong volunteer. On June 9, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to volunteers 26 volunteers from around the New England region at a luncheon and awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium.

Nava was selected as a $5,000 third prize award winner for her work with Project Sweet Peas, a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers who, through personal experience, have become passionate about providing support to families with infants in intensive care and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.

“Volunteering has become a way of life for me,” said Nava. “It has enabled me to overcome the pain of losing a child and allowed me to move forward in life. I may not be able to care for Gabe and watch him grow the way I had planned, but what I can do is focus that love and energy into helping others in his memory.”

After losing her first child, Gabriel, to an undiagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia as an infant, Nava vowed to provide a much-needed service to other families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She co-founded the organization to help provide comfort to families experiencing the same challenges she faced with her first child.

Nava works with several hospitals to discuss what resources they have and how she can help. She also puts together personal care packages and memory boxes that are hand delivered to families in the NICU.>Nava recently hosted an event at Women & Infants Hospital to offer the chance for families to put together Father’s Day treats for current NICU dads that were delivered over the holiday weekend. Additionally, Nava was a Women & Infants 2014 Richard P. Welch Award for Continued Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care nominee for her work with Project Sweet Peas.

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Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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