SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Subaru recently donated $25,000 to support renovations to Saratoga Hospital’s William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services unit and help get babies and families off to a healthy start.
The gift, which was presented Oct. 2, is the dealership’s second significant contribution for the mother/baby unit project. Last year, Saratoga Subaru donated $18,444, for a combined gift of $43,444.
“These contributions from Saratoga Subaru will help us provide families and babies with the best possible birth experience,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO.
Both gifts are funded by Subaru of America’s annual Share the Love Event. During the holiday season, Subaru of America “shares the love” by donating $250 for each new Subaru that’s purchased or leased at a participating dealer—in this case, Saratoga Subaru, which is part of Mackey Auto Group.
The mother/baby unit renovations include updates to patient rooms and the family waiting area; new diagnostic testing, exam and treatment rooms; a remodeled nursery, including exam and treatment space; and new, larger staff support space.
Dr. Jennifer Lefner, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of newborn medicine at Saratoga Hospital, emphasized the impact of the renovations—and Mackey Auto Group’s generosity—on families during an emotional, memorable time.
“As a neonatologist and a mom, I know that childbirth can be stressful and anxiety producing—and that the environment in which these momentous life occasions occur can and does impact the patient experience,” she said. “Mackey Auto Group has shared the love with Saratoga Hospital so that our patients can share their love in a modern, tranquil and comfortable space from the moment they arrive.”