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September 30, 2011

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2011 Intensive Care Nursery Reunion at Pennsylvania Hospital

400 Guests Return to Our Nation's First Hospital to Celebrate Life, Friendship & Personal Bonds with Physicians & Staff

WHAT: Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH), our nation's first hospital, founded in 1751 by Dr. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond, is hosting its 2011 Intensive Care Nursery reunion with parents and former infant patients from the over last ten years. All families were invited to come back to PAH to celebrate life and reconnect with staff and other families with whom they forged deep bonds during their infants' time in the ICN.
Over 400 people have RSVP'd to attend this joyous event.
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2011
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Pennsylvania Hospital's Elm Garden
8th & Spruce Streets, on 8th Street, next to the Hospital's Main entrance
Philadelphia, PA

Over 5,000 children are born at PAH each year, making it the largest maternity ward delivering the most babies annually in Philadelphia. Sadly, almost one fifth of these births require an admission to the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) for various reasons ranging from minor infections to serious birth complications.

PAH's Level III ICN currently houses 45 bassinets, including intensive care and transitional care sections. The Level III nursery (the highest level of medical care available) is staffed by physicians from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and nurses who specialize in infant intensive care.

Because of the special bonds families and patients make with the ICN physicians, nurses, and staff, leaving the unit - often after many months - is a bittersweet experience for families upon discharge of their babies. PAH holds this reunion with families and patients that go back ten years for the opportunity to reconnect and renew bonds and celebrate the progress and lives of their former patients.

"Close relationships are formed between the ICN staff working in the unit and the families because of the length of time some of the infants spend with us," said Kathleen Finnegan, MEd, Infant Development Specialist and ICN Coordinator. "We receive pictures and cards over the holidays but it’s not the same as seeing with our own eyes how the children have grown and how well they are doing. We all are all looking forward to seeing and reconnecting with the families."

PAH staff organized a bake sale and a "Denim Day" fundraiser (where a five dollar donation permits employees to wear denim for a designated Friday) to help fund the ICN reunion making this event a true team effort between ICN staff and all hospital employees.

Intensive Care Nursery at Pennsylvania Hospital
Intensive Care Nursery at Pennsylvania Hospital  



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