It may be surprising to hear, but the U.S. is ranked 6th of the top ten countries with the highest number of premature births. While many communities across the U.S. have good hospitals, not all have the state of the art equipment to care for fragile premature births. The Brave Beginnings program hopes to change that by ensuring ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available for newborns in critical need. At birth, preemies are at a greater risk for both short and long-term health complications than full term infants. Having access to the right medical equipment for neonatal care is vital. Brave Beginnings is the neonatal grant program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, established in memory of humanitarian and entertainer Will Rogers. Since 2006, the program (formerly the Will Rogers Neonatal Program) has provided life-saving equipment to hospitals across the country.
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