DOWNERS GROVE – Some weighed less than their mother’s handbag when they were born. Today they’re happy, healthy babies, toddlers and children whose stay in Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit is but a memory.
These little ones and their families will share memories and catch up with their former caregivers at the hospital’s annual NICU reunion on Aug. 25.
Each year more than 600 attendees reunite to visit with nurses, physicians and staff. This is the 20th annual event. It will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on the hospital campus in Physician Office Center Parking Lot B. Activities include entertainment, games, prizes, face painting, music and food.
“It’s remarkable to see how these once fragile babies have grown into big toddlers and children,” said Dr. Vibha Thaker, a neonatologist on staff at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Nurse Teri Hutchens will be named the hospital’s “Babies First” honoree in recognition of the time she has spent working closely with NICU families and raising funds to support them. Hutchens, who works in the birth center, has been with Advocate Health Care since 2007.