Saint Thomas River Park Hospital CEO Tim McGill will serve as the 2015 McMinnville March for Babies chair for the event set for Saturday, Oct. 17 at Riverfront Park.
A native Tennessean and graduate of the University of Tennessee, McGill has over 35 years of hospital leadership experience. McGill was appointed CEO of River Park in February 2012 and his background includes spending 16 years at Livingston Regional Hospital and also serving as CEO in hospitals in Alabama, Arkansas and Texas.
McGill is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, board secretary of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Friends of Scouting chair for the Black Fox District, and active in rural hospital activities with the Tennessee Hospital Association.
March for Babies is an annual walk conducted by the March of Dimes. The event is the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.
Registration for March for Babies begins Oct. 17 at 8:30 a.m. with a two-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m. along the Barren Fork Greenway. Festivities include a stroller decorating contest and a spirit contest, Zumba, live music, a kids zone, costume characters, face painting and more. To register for the free event, visit www.marchforbabies.org/event/mcminnvilletn.
Funds raised by March for Babies in Tennessee help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs, and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Event title sponsors are Saint Thomas River Park Hospital and Dr Pepper Bottling Company.
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. The March of Dimes is committed to preventing it by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.
Each week in Tennessee, 240 babies are born prematurely or 1-in-8, which is the equivalent to 11 kindergarten classes.
Nationally, the number is 1-in-9 born prematurely.
In Tennessee every week, 14 babies die before reaching their first birthday.
In 2014, Tennessee earned a grade of C from its premature birth rate of 12.6 percent, up from a D in 2011.
Nationally, more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely and 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect each year.
Birth defects have been the leading cause of infant mortality for the past 20 years, accounting for 1-in-5 infant deaths.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States.