OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Healthy Moms and Babies Fund

OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Healthy Moms and Babies Fund

OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason prides itself on bringing the Athens community together to help make a difference in people’s lives but the real work takes place through the daily efforts of numerous dedicated individuals throughout the Athens community.

Pam Born, this year’s team race captain for the Healthy Moms and Babies Fund, is one of these individuals. Pam takes pride in making a difference in people’s lives through her work as RN and Practice Manager of OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Athens Medical Associates Obstetrics and Gynecology (AMA OB/GYN).

Focused on meeting the emotional, physical, and financial needs of women and their children throughout the Southern Ohio region, the Healthy Moms and Babies Fund raised over $430 last year through Race for a Reason. With Pam’s leadership, the group is well on it’s way to surpassing that total this year.

As we continue a series focusing on the various reasons supported by Race for a Reason, we took some time to catch up with Pam Born. Pam gave us some insight into what the Athens community means to her and how Race for a Reason has helped secure funding for her cause.

Pam Born (Far Right) poses with co-workers and one of their patients.

Pam Born (Far Right) poses with co-workers and one of their patients.

Q&A with Healthy Moms & Healthy Babies Team Captain Pam Born

What’s your reason?

My reason is the Healthy Moms and Babies Fund at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital

What’s the background on why you chose to raise for it?

The reason I chose to raise funds for this cause is because as a nurse and Practice Manager of AMA OB/GYN, we often see women and children with needs that aren’t able to be met by other resources. Clothing, diapers, swaddling blankets, cribs, pack-n-plays, and car seats/baby carriers are often unavailable through other sources and are expensive to purchase. Expenses related to transportation are another area of concern for women trying to get to appointments for both mother and child. While not that expensive using Athens County transit systems it is an additional financial burden on already stretched incomes. Our goal is to be able to provide these necessary items for women unable to afford them by other means. Being warm, wearing clean diapers, having a safe place to sleep, and having safe transportation should be available to each child and mother.

Why did you specifically want to be a captain?

I wanted to be a Captain of this team so that I can feel I have made a difference in someone’s life – if even for a day.

How are recruiting efforts going? Any fun things you’re doing to encourage participation?

Recruiting efforts are going well – we were the largest O’Bleness team last year! I think this is a reason that many people can get behind. We haven’t decided on additional fund raisers yet but I have a few ideas.

Any plans to make your group stand out on race day?

Plans to stand out on race day- have the largest and rowdiest 🙂 group at the event! Wear our Race Shirts with pride and represent our reason well!

Describe specifics of your work with O’Bleness.

My work at O’Bleness involves being the Practice Manager of AMA OB/GYN office group (as stated above). I am also a Registered Nurse. My staff and I pride ourselves on the respectful, courteous, and professional services we provide to women of Athens County and the surrounding counties.

What’s the most rewarding part of your work with O’Bleness?

My most rewarding work is being a part of AMA OB/GYN. I am proud of the physicians and staff that I work with. They are terrific people that always make the patient the center of all we do! We try to meet the needs of our patients – not just physical needs but also mental and emotional. These things go hand-in-hand – women often skip taking care of themselves when other needs haven’t been met or others need taken care of. We want to make sure our women are taken care of!

For inquires into how your organization can participate in this year’s event please contact Brent Culver at ohioraceforareason@gmail.com or visit http://www.ohioraceforareason.com to register for an event!