Each year, GMHHC invites its littlest patients back for a family reunion with the compassionate caregivers who cuddled and cared for the newborns in the beginning of their life journey. This year over 50 NICU grads attended with almost 200 family members.
On October 13, hundreds gathered in the Stauffer Auditorium for a costume party in advance of Halloween. Former NICU patients were dressed as superheroes, princesses, animals and more, as they enjoyed refreshments, arts and crafts, games and a photo opportunity with a pumpkin patch.
The special moment of the day was the “oldest” NICU grad, Armando “Giovi” Escudero, 19 years old college student, united with the “newest” NICU grad, a 3-month-old baby boy. ‘
When it is determined a newborn needs the extra special care provided in a NICU, being a parent can become more stressful. At GMHHC, nearly 15% of all babies born spend some time in the NICU. Parents are encouraged to take part in their baby’s care, while having the support of our wonderful NICU nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and social workers.