DHR Health Women’s Hospital to Host Annual NICU Reunion

More than 1,500 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates and family members are expected to attend the DHR Health Women’s Hospital NICU Reunion on Saturday, October 13.

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EDINBURG, Texas – More than 1,500 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates and family members are expected to attend the DHR Health Women’s Hospital NICU Reunion on Saturday, October 13.

WHO: DHR Health Women’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

WHAT: Annual NICU Reunion – featuring moon jumps, games for the whole family, door prizes, food, music, and much more!

WHERE: DHR Health Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (parking lot) 5500 Raphael Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539

WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

WHY: Each year, babies treated at the DHR Health Women’s Hospital (WHR) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)—along with parents, doctors, and nurses—reunite to celebrate how the kids have grown and progressed. The NICU Reunion provides kid-friendly fun for the whole family as children are reunited with the nurses and doctors who helped save their lives as premature or sick infants. After overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds and now thriving, the nurses and physicians are excited to see these children from throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Having a baby undoubtedly presents a unique set of challenges. But, caring for a critically ill newborn requires more than fortitude—it requires the clinical and emotional support of experts. With its team of highly skilled physicians and nurses specializing in neonatology, the DHR Health Women’s Hospital offers the highest level of care for newborns. The 63-bed NICU is supported by specially trained professionals, including neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and pharmacists. While their primary job is to care for the tiniest of patients, caring for families is key to the team’s success. And, the newest members of the NICU family draw encouragement from evidence of the amazing progress made by the other children, as demonstrated during the annual celebration.

Throughout the year, a team of highly-skilled medical staff members works hard to ensure each baby receives the best care possible, giving parents peace of mind. “It is reassuring to know we have made a difference in the lives of so many families,” said Aida Gonzalez, RN, Vice President at DHR Health Women’s Hospital. “The miracles that occur in the NICU leave a big imprint on our hearts, and we are excited to reunite with members of our NICU family each year.”

During the NICU Reunion, DHR Health will also be giving out 300 helmets to NICU graduates as part of the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads. Children will be given a helmet that will be fitted by a physician. They will have the opportunity to take their new helmet out for a spin on a short bike course. The Hard Hats for Little Heads program was designed to encourage healthcare providers to take an active role in protecting the health of young Texans by providing bike helmets and educating children and their parents about how to wear the helmets properly.