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Annual NICU Reunion coming soon to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield

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A former young patient of NICU celebrates at the reunion

 SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The 39th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 22, from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m., on the back lawn near the Emergency Department at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, 3333 RiverBend Drive in Springfield.

This colorful, fun-filled event brings together hundreds of NICU alumni—and their family members--and the staff who cared for them at a critical time in their young lives. It is a time of sharing, reconnecting and taking stock of how far these children have come after a challenging start.

Highlights this year include:
•    “Ruby” the Neonatal Transport Ambulance
•    A Springfield Police K-9 demonstration
•    Build-a-Bear stuffed animals for NICU graduates
•    Demonstrations by Safe Kids West Oregon
•    Pizza and ice cream
•    Games and crafts

The reunion will take place immediately after the 2018 Race for the Ace 5K, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, a program of the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation. 

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Please contact Sherri Buri McDonald at 541-520-8219 or

About the NICU at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend:
Sacred Heart’s NICU was established in 1977 to provide highly specialized services to premature or sick infants. Since then, the unit has had a significant impact in lowering the infant mortality rate in this area. With 36 private rooms for patient families, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart provides Level III care — the highest level of neonatal care — for premature or medically fragile newborns born at Sacred Heart or any of several other hospitals in western and southwestern Oregon.