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Published in CenterView on February 27, 2012

Batson CEO named MOD walk chair

By Jen Hospodor

Guy Giesecke, chief executive officer of Batson Children's Hospital, has been named chair of the March of Dimes' March for Babies, scheduled for April 28.

"It is an honor to be the chair of such an important event," Giesecke said. "The research that March of Dimes is doing to prevent prematurity is a direct benefit to the mothers who deliver here at the Medical Center and the babies we take care of."

The Medical Center raised more than $35,000 for the 2011 event and has a $50,000 goal for this year's walk.

Giesecke noted that the key initiatives of the March of Dimes, such as preventing premature births, can directly impact rising health-care costs for the state of Mississippi.

"The cost of caring for a full-term infant can be several hundred thousand dollars less than caring for a premature one," he said. "Our partnership with the March of Dimes is a way to continue to help our state."

Giesecke, a Texas native, earned master's degrees in business administration and health-care administration at the University of Houston. He then spent six years at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi.

"I've always had a passion for children's health care," he said. "When you go through the halls and you see the work that's going on and you see those little kids, you realize what a need there is."

Giesecke also spent time on the adult side of health care at facilities in and around Tyler and Beaumont, Texas. He credits that experience with making him more appreciative of the work that goes on at a children's hospital.