It’s all about family time for hundreds of tiny alumni and their parents as the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) hosts its Annual NICU Reunion from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. The annual bash unites twins, triplets and single-birth babies who have spent time in the NICU with nurses and doctors from the region’s largest NICU. It’s a day of fun in the sun at Rosehill Park East in Overland Park, where participants will enjoy inflatables, games and crafts, and refreshments.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center has a Level IIIb NICU, which provides the most comprehensive care available for premature and critically ill newborns in the region with access to the expertise of neonatologists trained at some of the premier academic institutions in the country. The hospital’s NICU has also advanced life-saving technology and clinical treatments and the compassionate care of advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, and case managers.

In addition to the NICU, the HCA Midwest Neonatal Transport Team headquartered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center provides transport services to premature or critically ill newborns within the metropolitan area and in the outlying communities throughout Kansas and Missouri. “Through the transport service we can extend this tertiary level of service to hospitals in communities outside the metropolitan area that deliver infants needing advanced levels of care,” says Rob Holcomb, MD, medical director of the HCA Midwest Neonatal Transport Team.

“This annual reunion is a great time for everyone who has received care or support at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center NICU to gather for fun and fellowship,” says Kathleen Weatherstone, MD, and medical director of Neonatal Intensive Care Services at the hospital. “There is a special bond between the babies who have spent time in the NICU, the medical team and the families.”

The reunion will be held rain or shine. For more information, call (913) 541-7400.