Newark, NJ--Over 200 families attended this year’s reunion for graduates of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s (NBIMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The reunion, held at Costa del Sol in Union on September 29, was as a day for celebration of life and growth for families and the medical staff who cared for their children when they were premature or ailing newborns. NICU graduates enjoyed a clown, face painting, playground activities including hula hoops, and a buffet lunch with kid-friendly favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs.
The oldest graduate of the NICU to attend is now a 20-year-old, and the staff was thrilled to see so many memorable faces.
“It was great to see babies that we remember being so small and so weak who now running around and playing. It was very rewarding for the entire staff to see these children as healthy and happy,” says Jennifer Amend, RN, BSN, NICU Director at NBIMC.
Also rewarding was the opportunity to recruit parents in attendance for a new NICU Family Advisory Council which will hold its first meeting in two months. A multidisciplinary team of staff member and parents will meet as a quality initiative to enhance and improve communication between the NICU team and parents.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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October 22, 2012
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