Submitted photo: Claudia Richardt, left, the aunt of the founders of Keith’s Comfort Blankets, presents a variety of baby blankets to the Highpoint Health Birthing Center.  Accepting the blankets, left to right, are: Jacquie Ritzmann, RN, BSN, Birthing Center Unit Manager; Emy Jo Duke, RN, BSN, Staff Nurse; Yvonne Terrell, RN, BSN, Staff Nurse; and Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer.

Hospital receives blankets donated by Keith’s Comfort

The non-profit organization, Keith’s Comfort Blankets, has donated three dozen blankets, including swaddlers and toddler blankets, to the Highpoint Health Birthing Center.

Keith’s Comfort Blankets, based in Plain City, Ohio, was founded in 2018 by Rachel and Aaron Lewis in memory of their son, Keith Robert Lewis, who died when he was only 6 months old from a rare genetic mitochondrial disorder.  

The organization’s mission is to provide comfort to hospitalized children and their families.

The Highpoint Health Birthing Center will use the blankets for the hospital’s newborns, along with providing them for infants who need to be transported to neonatal intensive care units, such as the one at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Rachel Lewis is the niece of Claudia Richardt of Hidden Valley, former Vice President of Highpoint Health Human Resources, Marketing & Community Relations and current Highpoint Health Auxiliary Gift Shop volunteer.  

Richardt arranged for the donation of blankets to the Birthing Center, which were gladly accepted by Angela Scudder, Chief Nursing Officer; and Jacquie Ritzmann, Birthing Center Unit Manager, and her staff.

Richardt noted that the donation of blankets to the Birthing Center will be ongoing.  Keith’s Comfort Blankets will supply more blankets as needed.

Additional information about Keith’s Comfort Blankets can be found on its website at www.keithscomfortblankets.org. 

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