Shreveport, Louisiana, June 11, 2020 – The celebration is still on! Despite COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of an in-person event, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System will mark the annual recognition of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates for 2020. This year’s NICU Reunion will be a virtual commemoration with a compilation video that features submitted photos, videos and memories from past NICU graduates.
“As a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, the CHRISTUS NICU is one of our signature programs that serves our smallest and most vulnerable patients,” said Christy Bailey, Clinical Director, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier NICU. “Having the opportunity to honor the growth, accomplishments, and milestones of individuals who were born prematurely is so special and exciting. Since we can’t be in person for our reunion this year, we want to do a number of things to celebrate virtually so we can still catch up and see our NICU grads. Whether your former NICU patient is still a toddler, in elementary or high school or already a parent themselves, we cherish the opportunity to see the progress of our former patients. We are so proud to have been a part of each child’s beginning, and can’t wait to see where they are today!”
Organizers are asking for all who were a NICU baby at CHRISTUS Schumpert until 2014 or at CHRISTUS Highland from 2015 forward, to participate at the virtual event page. Each week, NICU families asked to submit photos memories, or a video through the Facebook event page.
“CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is honored to be the first home of so many ‘miracle babies,’ who have overcome the odds of prematurity,” said Steen Trawick, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport Bossier Health System. “Though the situation surrounding the celebrations may have changed, the spirit that drives them remains steadfast.”