News Release

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Contact: Ridgely Ingersoll, 668-9087 Joy Sawyer, 668-8566

NICU Graduates Celebrate Success

September 17 at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

(Hampton Roads, VA)---The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the region's largest and most sophisticated critical care facility for newborns. Approximately 500 babies are admitted to CHKD's NICU every year from hospitals throughout southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Most of those babies are born prematurely - some as early as 23 weeks gestation. Others are born full-term, but suffer from severe heart and lung conditions or birth defects that require early surgical intervention. At CHKD, NICU patients receive medical care from experts in dozens of pediatric specialties while their families receive the care and support they need to cope with a child's illness and hospitalization. On Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, more than 50 former NICU patients will attend a special reunion in the hospital's 6th floor conference room with the CHKD doctors, nurses, social workers and other staff members who cared for them during their first, difficult days of life. The reunion will feature refreshements, games, safety and health information and a chance for families and medical staff to celebrate the shared successes of the children. While the reunion is open only to invited guests, the media is welcome to cover the event. For more information, please call Ridgely Ingersoll at 668-9087 or Joy Sawyer at 668-8566.