More than 50 families and little graduates joined health professionals from The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore’s neonatology program at the first reunion of babies who were treated at Montefiore North Division’s NICU. About 150 babies are treated each year at this location and achieve healthy outcomes after being born prematurely.Montefiore North NICU nurse Wallycinth Green, RN, holds NICU graduate 3-month-old Dahliah, as mother Dunica Charles of the Bronx, N.Y., watches. The family came to Montefiore North for the NICU reunion.
“These babies were so delicate, vulnerable and tiny,” said Gina McManus, RN, MSN-CPN, administrative nurse manager, NICU, Montefiore North Division. “But look at them now. They are the outcome of our quality work.”
The purpose of the event was to gather parents who spent their time at the NICU during their babies’ treatment so they can meet with other parents whose babies are in the hospital and share their stories.From left, Robin Brennan Seidel, RN, ED assistant nurse manager, Moses Division; Sgt. Lee Williams, security officer; and Laura Holihan, RN, assistant nurse manager, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore ED.
They also want to enlist parents to create a family support group in which they can help parents who are experiencing what they went through.