Holston Valley Holding Annual NICU Reunion to Celebrate the Success of Graduates

April 28, 2017 | kingsport, Tenn.

For more than 30 years, the neonatal intensive care unit at Holston Valley Medical Center has transformed the lives of infants who are experiencing potentially life-threatening conditions.

Expert neonatologists have collaborated with other dedicated medical professionals to deliver high-quality care to these newborns, enabling these children to become stronger and eventually go home to join their families. Many of these children have since progressed throughout their lives, and some are now adults with children of their own.

To celebrate these successful outcomes, Holston Valley will hold its annual NICU reunion Sunday, May 7, from 2-4 p.m. at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. NICU graduates and their families are invited to attend this Rainbow Fish-themed party and participate in a variety of fun games.

The event will also provide an opportunity for food and fellowship, giving the children and their families a chance to reunite with their caregivers.

“We thoroughly enjoy holding this event and look forward to seeing how our graduates have grown since they were with us,” said Patty Dean, Holston Valley’s clinical leader of women and children’s services. “Our physicians and the rest of the medical team derive great joy watching the development of newborns who have needed care in our facility. We are thrilled to see them running, walking and playing at the reunion because it shows they are chasing their dreams.”

In November, Holston Valley opened its new NICU, which was relocated to the third floor to provide additional space and become part of the hospital’s Center for Women and Infants. The expanded unit contains several private rooms and other rooms with a smaller number of beds, which change to provide a quieter environment and dimmer lighting to promote development.

Large and small donations to the $2.5 million Next Generation fundraising campaign, as well as local contributions from businesses, national sponsors and individuals to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals enabled the hospital to complete this project.

Wellmont Health System has been the region’s affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network for 30 years, and all money raised in this area is used by Wellmont to improve children’s health.

“The new NICU has proven to be an outstanding investment that has made a positive difference for the children, their families and the highly skilled medical professionals who deliver exceptional care,” said Tim Attebery, Holston Valley’s president. “We are proud to have such an excellent facility, which has the equipment and medical talent needed to help children facing challenging circumstances. We are thrilled to have had thousands of success stories and are grateful we will continue to be a resource for children in need.”