Above / Gabriella Cobren of Woodridge recently attended a Newborn Intensive Care Unit Reunion hosted by Edward Hospital at the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Edward Hospital recently held its biennial Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville.

Hundreds of “graduates” of the NICU were in attendance at the event on October 18, a time to celebrate each child’s progress while enabling parents to meet other NICU families, and giving doctors and nurses an opportunity to see many of the babies they cared for in the NICU.

Edward’s Level III NICU is able to treat the sickest and most fragile newborns of all gestational ages, including those with a variety of congenital and surgical conditions. Edward’s NICU has cared for more than 7,500 babies since it opened in the 1990s, when it was known as a Special Care Nursery. Children from the first NICU Class of 1996 are now 18-19 years old.

Click Photos Above from Left / Gabriella Cobren of Woodridge, Edward Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit Class of 2013 and Dr. Mike Fitzgerald, neonatologist with Edward Hospital and DuPage Neonatology Associates.

Photo 2 / Parents Ed Gronski and Jennifer Buczak of Plainfield; Dr. Mike Fitzgerald; Jase Buczak Gronski, Edward Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit Class of 2015 and Dr. Rajeev Dixit.

Photo 3 / Conrad Forynski (left), Edward Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit Class of 2008, and brother Sebastian (Class of 2010), residents of Aurora, play at the DuPage Children’s Museum during Edward’s NICU Reunion on October 18.

Photo 4 / St. Charles residents Jennifer and Eddie Colon with daughter Audrina, Edward Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit Class of 2009, pose for a photo with Dr. Bob Covert, medical director of Edward Hospital’s NICU and a neonatologist with DuPage Neonatology Associates.

For information about NICU and Special Care Nursery, visit www.eehealth.org.

News release and photos submitted by Keith Hartenberger, Public Information Officer, for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare

dcm-sept-2014Creating a great space for a reunion experience, the DuPage Children’s Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration integrating art, math, and science.”

The DuPage Children’s Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville. For more information, visit www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.