As part of an eight-week March of Dimes campaign, Cigna donated more than 1,000 crocheted and knit caps for babies born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, including those being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The volunteer knitters created a variety of sizes and styles, ranging from black-and-gold Steelers-themed caps to some in the shape of a sweet strawberry. Head coverings help the sick and premature babies maintain body heat, which is essential to their development.
“Cigna’s donation is a true act of kindness,” said Dr. Jennifer Kloesz, medical director of Magee’s NICU. “These warm, handmade caps not only help keep the premature babies warm, but they also represent a gift of caring. This type of memento gives families a small comfort during a difficult time.”
Nearly 11,000 babies are born at Magee each year, and its NICU cares for ill and premature newborns.
(Pictured above: New mom Shania Bryant looks down on baby Solomon, who is modeling one of the handmade caps gifted to Magee by Cigna and the March of Dimes.)