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Safe Haven law has reduced abandonment of babies
Marie Schickler, director of maternal child health services at Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County, helped to care for the only Safe Haven baby that was left at the hospital in Mount Holly. Schickler
said although she
can't talk about that baby, she
said the hospital has procedures that must be followed.
"We immediately place the child in a safe environment," Schickler
said the baby is medically evaluated first and then made to feel safe.
The hospital provides clothing and formula and then the nurses take over the care.
"Maternal instincts sort of take over," Schickler
Marie Schickler, RN, has been recently appointed director of Maternal Child Health at Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County. Previously, Schickler served as Director of Quality Management and the Medical Staff Office for Medical College of Pennsylvania and City Avenue Hospital, Tenet HealthSystem.Schickler received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, and will be completing her Master of Business Arts in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University. As director, Schickler will work with the departments of obstetrics, pediatrics and the special care nursery at Virtua Memorial.
### Virtua Health
, with more than 7,000 employees and 1,600 physicians providing services, is the largest healthcare provider in southern New Jersey.It is comprised of four hospitals including Virtua Memorial Hospital
Burlington County in Mt. Holly, and Virtua West Jersey Hospitals in Berlin, Marlton and Voorhees.More than 7,000 babies are born annually at the hospitals in Mt. Holly and Voorhees, where comprehensive neonatal intensive care for premature newborns is available.Pediatric primary and specialty care services are offered as part of the Virtua duPont Children's Health Program, an affiliation with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital
Virtua Health--The premier provider of health care in southern New Jersey
Marie Schickler , RN , director of Maternal Child Health at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County and Irene Anderson , special education teacher at the Clarence B. Lamb Elementary School of North Hanover Township , present reading materials to Joanne Logar and her newborn daughter , Jordan Megan , both of Meford , NJ