NICU Plans Reunion for Graduates
TUPELO, Miss.—The North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital invites all Neonatal Intensive Care Unit “graduates” and their families to a reunion from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Held at Women’s Hospital, the event offers refreshments, games and prizes. Still, organizers say, the main draw is to see the progress these children have made. This year’s event, “A Star is Born,” will roll out the red carpet for these special guests, who are encouraged to dress like their favorite star or step out in high style.
“Our staff becomes extremely attached to these babies because many of them spend a great deal of time in our intensive care nursery before they are able to go home with their parents,” says Bryan Darling, M.D., one of four neonatologists at Women’s Hospital. “We look forward to seeing them return for a visit.” Additional neonatologists on staff are Ginger Pole, D.O.; Preeti Singh, M.D.; and Pratima Toom, M.D.
The entire nursery staff and respiratory therapists plan this event together to make it as much fun as possible for former patients and their families. Staff members who work closely with the infants and their families say it’s like planning an event for a huge extended family.
The 34-bed intensive care nursery treats patients born at the NMMC Women’s Hospital as well as those transferred in from other area hospitals by CareExpress neonatal transport ambulance. Approximately 400 infants are admitted to the NICU annually, and more than one-fourth of them are transported to Tupelo from area hospitals. The neonatal transport team includes registered nurses who specialize in neonatal intensive care as well as respiratory therapists.
For more information on the NICU Reunion, call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).