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MCE & Kiwanis build incubators, hope for preemies

Richard Allen, Sandra Allen and Plant Manager John Dorsey reviewing work on an incubator prototype

TOWSON, MD — Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) was given the opportunity to work on a project in conjunction with the Baltimore Kiwanis Incubator Foundation (BKIF). The MCE Furniture Plant at Jessup Correctional Institution was involved in the construction of ten neonatal incubators that the Foundation will complete and send for much-needed neonatal aid in South and Central America.

MCE was approached by Richard Allen, Chairman of the BKIF, to assist in this meaningful project. BKIF’s mission is to provide simple, basic incubators to hospitals in need for premature infants. The approach is to build a basic unit of lightweight material to reduce delivery cost while maintaining a simple heating/circulating design. Several volunteers and sponsors aid in the construction of the incubators enabling the Foundation to provide the incubators at no cost for the time being.

In addition to MCE, Kiwanis has worked with the Neonatal Department at Franklin Square, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Martin Aviation Museum to produce the incubators. Volunteers are always welcome for this project and can contact Richard Allen for more information at 410-852-0518 or