Centerpoint Medical Center
September 15, 2015

WHO:  Centerpoint Medical Center (CTMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

WHAT:  Annual NICU Reunion

WHEN:  9 - 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

WHERE: Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64086

WHY:  Hundreds of NICU families and graduates from the past nine years will attend the Under the Sea-themed festive, family-friendly event. Activities will include educational entertainment, healthy snacks and indoor and outdoor play. Centerpoint Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has an Advanced Level III NICU.

This year will be special for the Salyer family—Teri, Justin and big brother Garrison will attend their first NICU in honor of their graduate, 14-month-old Nolan “Rocketman.” Nolan was born on July 11, 2014 at just over 28 weeks gestation. He weighed a fragile 3 pounds 2 ounces and spent 80 days in the Centerpoint Medical Center NICU. Nolan’s nickname of Rocketman was established because he was whisked away from Teri minutes after his birth and taken to the NICU where he would stay for 12 weeks.  Teri will never forget the day Nolan’s older brother got to hold his hand through the isolette door.  “Nolan was just a few days old,” Salyer says.  “He was so proud of his baby brother and I felt that gave Nolan strength.  Family day in the NICU became a ritual for us, because of the staff.  I thank them for that.”

Dena Hubbard, M.D., Neonatologist, Medical Director, Centerpoint Medical Center NICU, was Nolan’s physician and helped the Salyer’s through scary times and a roller coaster of emotion.  “The NICU reunion allows all of us—nurses, support staff, families and graduates—to get together and celebrate life,” she says.  “It’s quite moving and important for all us because, during the time a baby stays in our NICU and after they leave, we are indeed one big family.”

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