Celebrating Life, Friendship and Personal Bonds at Pennsylvania Hospital’s 2013 Intensive Care Nursery Reunion
The careers of health care providers are some of the most stressful, yet most rewarding. Talk about running the full range a of emotions and experiences. Every day in hospitals around the world, nurses, physicians and therapists are on the front lines of health care, witnessing the intense highs of healing patients and sending them home, and the lows of caring for patients whose lives cannot be saved. At the top of those highs, health care workers sometimes have the opportunity to see patients beat seemingly insurmountable odds and go on to lead happy, productive lives. Plus, they have the satisfaction of knowing they played a important role in making that happen. Nowhere is this more apparent in an intensive care nursery.
Shown here in front of Pennsylvania Hospital’s original, historic Pine Building, are just some of the nearly 400 former patients and family members that attended the Hospital’s 2013 Intensive Care Nursery on October 5, 2013.
Last weekend nearly 400 people - 130 different families - came to Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) for its bi-annual Intensive Care Nursery (ICN). Families were invited to come back to PAH to celebrate and reconnect with staff and other families with whom they forged deep bonds during their baby’s stay in the ICN. This year’s reunion theme was, “Never underestimate the size of miracles!" Held outdoors in the Hospital’s Elm Garden, it was a fall and Halloween-themed festival full of fun activities for children and adults alike: a bubble-blowing and painting table, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a photo booth and scrap-booking table, along with live music, free food (including barbeque and ice cream - always a kiddie fave), fundraising raffles, and silent auction to benefit the ICN.
The event was marked by a parade of super, SUV-like strollers toting adorable, multiple mini-passengers, lots of hugs, and laughter as staff reunited with their former patients. “It is so wonderful to be able to see how well our patients are doing and how big they’ve grown,” said Jeffrey S. Gerdes, MD, chair, Section of Newborn Pediatrics, “Although we routinely get photos and cards from families - especially around the holidays - showing us how well everyone is fairing, nothing beats seeing our former little patients in person.”