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Formerly tiny, early and sick babies show how much they’ve grown at ARMC NICU Reunion

 

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For Immediate Release:  September 27, 2013

Soccer players and thumb-suckers, triplets and twins, big-brothers and little sisters were  among the guests of honor when the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Rodger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth held a reunion of patients from 2008 through 2013 and their families. Activities outside the hospital included face painting, veggie toss and other health-inspired games and activities.

ARMC's NICU team, which includes neonatologists from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children who work exclusively at ARMC, holds reunions every five or six years for children whom the team cared for during that time. The smallest baby the team has cared for weighed less than a pound when admitted to the NICU.

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Jodi Wetzel, RN, IBCLSC, lactation consultant, ARMC, daughter Heather Wetzel and Heather’s baby Tyler reunite with neonatologists from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children who work exclusively at ARMC Jennifer Tioseco, MD, medical director, ARMC NICU; Benedict Asiegbu, MD; and Catherine Muhumuza, MD.

 

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Marilyn Risko, RN, ARMC NICU nurse, reunites with former patient Cameron Winston.

 

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Former NICU patients decorated t-shirts touting they were AtlantiCare NICU graduates.

 

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ARMC NICU graduates Adam and Amy Mumtaz had a ball posing for pictures at ARMC’s NICU Reunion.

 

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Dylan, Michelle and Kayleigh DeGraw at ARMC NICU Reunion.

 

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NICU graduate Tanaya Pressley strikes a face-painted pose during a portrait shot at the ARMC NICU Reunion.

 

The NICU, which cares for babies from throughout the southern New Jersey region who are born too early or with medical needs, celebrated its 40th year of service to the community in 2013. It opened in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus in 1972 (Then known as Atlantic City Hospital) and moved to ARMC Mainland Campus in 2005 when the Center for Childbirth opened in the campus.

 

For more information about AtlantiCare's Center for Childbirth programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org, call 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

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