For some, it’s been a year or less; for other children, it’s been 26 years since their NICU experience.  The much-anticipated annual reunion gives former patients, their parents and siblings an opportunity to reconnect with many of the caregivers who became their extended families in the NICU.  Several sets of multiples are expected to attend this year’s event. 

“This reunion is something that the entire medical team—neonatologists, nursing, respiratory and other ancillary services—looks forward to each year,” says Overland Park Regional Medical Center Neonatal ICU Medical Director Kathleen Weatherstone, M.D., board-certified neonatologist. “To see these children thriving when they experienced a challenging start to life is a testament of the impact of advanced technology and the high-quality care our babies receive.” 

“This NICU reunion is a celebration of many tiny miracles,” says Overland Park Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Matt Sogard, FACHE. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of our NICU graduates lives and build memories together.”

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