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April 8, 2013 - Neonatal Reunion at USA Children's & Women's Hospital to Welcome Back "NICU Graduates"

The Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital will host USA’s 24th NICU Reunion at the hospital’s Geri Moulton Children’s Park from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, May 5.  All USA NICU “graduates” and their families are invited.

“Families throughout the Gulf Coast come back each year to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital to visit with their NICU care team and other NICU families they came to know and love,” Owen Bailey, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator, said.  “We’re inviting all our NICU graduates and their families to come see us, enjoy the park and have a great time.” 

Light refreshments will be served, dress is casual and there will be children’s games.  Katie Ott, principal harpist with the Mobile Symphony, will be performing.  Free parking will be available at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute next to the park.  Families can also enjoy the park’s more than 50 life-size bronze sculptures depicting children and families. There is no admission charge. 

NICU graduates are babies who were born premature, underweight or ill, and were treated in the Wiseman NICU at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.  A Level III NICU, it provides the region’s most advanced care for premature and critically ill newborns.  NICUs are classified by the level of care they are equipped and certified to provide.  Level III NICUs provide comprehensive care to the sickest of newborns.  Therefore, a large number of families have benefited from its specialized intensive care.

Nearly 1,000 babies are admitted annually to the hospital’s NICU, with more than 20 percent of those infants brought from other hospitals by the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital “Care For Babies” NICU transport vehicle.

To request more information about the upcoming NICU Reunion at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, please e-mail or call 415-1243.

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