“This year’s ball is just as special as its recipient, the Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Fund of The DCH Foundation,” said DCH Foundation Director of Development Brandt Lapish. “The Fund has made nearly $1 Million worth of technological and training improvements in our maternity and neonatal care units, our emergency rooms, and many other departments who serve our youngest patients.”
The Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Fund began in 2004, when Danielle and Michael McInerney lost their premature twins after eight days in the Northport Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The McInerney’s created the fund in the twins’ memory to help other parents in similar situations. The fund also helps both DCH campuses with needs for the NICUs, pediatrics, and maternal/child areas of the health system.
“Specific projects have included the Giraffe Omnibeds, our Child Life Specialist, a digital infant footprint scanner, and many key training programs and technologies that strengthen our clinical staff and physicians’ ability to help our newest patients get the best possible start in life,” LaPish said.
The Lucy Jordan Ball is named for the woman who founded The DCH Foundation back in 1973. A dedicated volunteer, Lucy Jordan worked for over 20 years to promote community involvement and volunteering within DCH. Jordan, who officially retired from her role at The DCH Foundation in 1993, continued to volunteer and be a large part of its success until her death at age 97 in August of 2017. Jordan’s legacy will continue to be felt, and honored, with the Lucy Jordan Ball.
Each year’s Lucy Jordan Ball has a unique theme, such as “A Night in Havana,” “Pretty in Pink,” or the “Black and White Ball.” LaPish said this year’s theme, “The Secret Garden,”will be a special treat for both new and returning attendees.
Anyone interested in attending the 2018 Lucy Jordan Ball should contact The DCH Foundation for more details.