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Vermont couple donates specialized incubator for premature babies

News Release — Fletcher Allen Health Care
June 24, 2013

BURLINGTON — Stephany and Bruce Hasse of Charlotte have made a large donation to Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen for the purchase of a high-tech incubator for use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The “Giraffe OmniBed” has many advanced features that provide an optimal environment for neonatal patients including precise heat, humidity and oxygen control, a rotating mattress, and easier access for caregivers to perform procedures which can eliminate the need to move babies to another setting.

“We are so grateful for this very special gift which will help us provide even better care for the most vulnerable patients we serve,” said Lewis First, M.D., chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital. “The Hasses generosity is a great example of the wonderful support Vermont Children’s receives from individuals and communities throughout our region.”

“My husband and I really wanted to do something to honor my mom, Kathryn Komen,” said Stephany Hasse. “We chose health care because it is so important, and I think it’s something that needs to be emphasized in our society. My mom would be really thrilled that this is one thing that we’re doing for her.”

Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care is the only Level 3 NICU in the state and serves infants from throughout Vermont and northern New York. For more information visit

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  • Bob Orleck

    Very, very nice! May God Bless them. I am sure Mom is pleased.