September 11, 2013
Who: Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which cares for more NICU babies in Kansas City than any other hospital.
What: Annual NICU reunion that is attended by 1,200 guests, including patient graduates, families, nurses and physicians. Exhibits will include the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Nursery Exhibit and the new Toddler Climber through a partnership with Menorah Medical Center, Midwest Women’s Care and OPRMC. Outdoor activities include four bounce houses, face painters, a photo booth and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new children’s book to donate to a book drive benefiting the OPRMC Circle of Hope Foundation.
When: From 9 – 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
Where: Wonderscope Children’s Museum, 5700 King St., Shawnee, Kan., 66203
Why: Nearly 1,200 people are expected to attend this joyous Celebration of Life, including recent and past NICU patients, their families and NICU nurses and physicians. For some, it’s been only a year; for other children, it’s been nearly 22 years since their NICU experience. The annual reunion, marking its 22nd year at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, which has a Level III3B NICU, 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 twins are expected to attend, including the first NICU baby ever born at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.