Plans are underway for Akron Children’s first NICU reunion in the Mahoning Valley.
Some 300 NICU “graduates,” their families and doctors and staff are expected to attend the free event at our Beeghly campus on June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is open to former patients in our Mahoning Valley neonatal intensive care unit and/or special care nursery.
“The NICU reunion is a celebration of life, and an opportunity to reconnect with a group of families and medical professionals who share a unique bond,” said Mary Dickson, assistant nurse manager. “We have an active committee of volunteers and hospital staff who are meeting regularly to plan what we truly hope is a special and memorable experience for everyone in attendance.”
Activities will include a group walk, children’s games and activities, food, DJ, clown, car seat safety checks, an appearance by Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade, and a “selfie spot” for parents to take photos of their children wearing NICU graduation caps.
One family planning to attend are the Robertsons of New Middletown.
Kelly Robertson, who’s chairing the event committee, delivered triplets 11 weeks premature in 2011. Mathew, Jr., Michael and Morgan each weighed between 2 and 3 lbs. at birth, and spent 77 days at Akron Children’s NICU at St. Elizabeth’s.
“It’s so hard to put into words how incredible the respiratory and neonatology staff is here,” Robertson said. “It takes a very special person to be a NICU nurse. They are amazing people, and they love these babies like their own. Our family has been blessed by this organization, and our children are proof of Akron Children’s exceptional capabilities.”