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News Release
Monday, April 16, 2012

Leslie W. Taylor, 501-686-8998
Wireless phone: 501-951-7260
Andrea Peel, 501-686-8996
Wireless phone: 501-351-7903
UAMS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Hold Reunion May 5

LITTLE ROCK – The tiniest patients who have been treated at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will be celebrated from noon-2 p. m. May 5 when the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) holds its first on-campus reunion in 10 years for babies and their families.

Doctors, nurses, health professionals and volunteers from the NICU will be on hand to welcome back former patients of the unit that specializes in the care of premature and/or congenitally ill infants. UAMS has treated more than 10,000 babies in its NICU.

“Infants can remain in the NICU anywhere from one day to four months,” said Alexandra Warner, who works as a bedside nurse at UAMS. “We form real bonds with our patients and their families. This interactive party is a way for all of us to reconnect and have some fun!”

The event, at the UAMS Hospital Lobby and Gallery, will feature popular singing duo Brian and Terri Kinder and is free for former NICU patients and their families. Attendees who park in the underground deck at Parking 1 will have their tickets validated.

A slideshow will feature the faces of NICU “graduates” whose photographs are submitted to uamsnicureunion@yahoo.com by April 27. For more information, email uamsnicureunion@yahoo.com or join the Facebook fan page.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.

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