The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth is one of seven hospitals receiving a $10,000 grant from Huggies.  The grant is from the Huggies No Baby Unhugged Program that rewards grants to hospitals across the country to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs.  For the over 500,000 premature babies born in the U.S. each year, human touch can have a powerful impact on healthy growth and development. These programs provide much needed physical human interaction for newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and can help make their transition from the hospital to the home quicker.

Hospitals may use the grants in a variety of ways, such as investing in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs and educational materials for volunteers. The seven hospitals receiving grants so far in 2017 include:

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York

Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Southern Illinois Healthcare Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, Illinois

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, California

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, California