ROCKFORD, Illinois—Mercyhealth is pleased to announce it will hold its 35th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion, 1-4pm, on Saturday, September 7, inside Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside.
NICU graduates and their families are invited to visit with the medical staff that provided their care and other families who have been on similar journeys. Because many NICU patients spend several days to months in the unit, strong bonds are formed and the reunion is a way to reconnect.
“Mercyhealth’s Level III NICU has been serving the Rockford region for 50 years,” said Linnette Carter, System Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Mercyhealth. “It’s touching to see the doctors and nurses reconnect with their patients after all these years. They’re truly tiny miracles all grown up now.”
The NICU Reunion is put on by the NICU staff. There will be gifts given to NICU graduates, pony rides, games and prizes, giveaways and refreshments.
“We have the most experienced—and caring—Level III NICU staff in the region,” said Dr. Gillian Headley, neonatologist and medical director of the NICU at Mercyhealth. “It’s quite evident when you see all the hugs and smiles exchanged at the reunion every year.”
Mercyhealth has held an annual NICU reunion in September since 1984.