Providence St. Vincent Medical Center hosts annual reunion for tiny patients
July 08, 2011
On June 5, Providence St. Vincent’s little miracles and their families came back to the hospital for the annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit reunion. The event offers a chance for parents of these special babies to meet other parents of preemies and to share experiences and advice. It also allows the NICU doctors, nurses and technicians an opportunity to reunite with some of the children they have cared for and to see how they have grown.
The NICU opened in 1995, and served more than 800 newborns in 2010. Neonatal experts routinely care for multiple births, as well as extremely fragile newborns. The tiniest patient served to date weighed in at just about a pound – as much as a pint of milk. The unit provides advanced respiratory support and surgical services to infants in need of special care.
In 2010, more than 5,500 babies were born at Providence St. Vincent – one out of every eight babies born in Oregon was delivered here. Because of the high-risk obstetrical care offered at this facility, nearly 15 percent of all babies born at the hospital are admitted into the NICU.