September 5, 2012

Maury Regional NICU to host sixth annual reunion celebration


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) invites former NICU families to attend the sixth annual reunion on Saturday, September 22, from 2 until 4 p.m. at Pleasant Heights Baptist Church, located at 2712 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia.

All graduates of the NICU, their parents, siblings and grandparents are invited to attend the reunion. Event activities will include inflatables, balloon art, free family portraits, a nature presentation, snacks, door prizes and much more.

“There truly is a special relationship that develops between our staff members and the patients we serve,” said Nurse Manager Amanda Ingram. “Our entire staff looks forward each year to reuniting with children who have been patients of our unit. It is so rewarding to see how the children have changed over the past year and to renew our bond with their families.”

Maury Regional’s NICU, in collaboration with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, began serving families in October of 2006. The eight-bed neonatal intensive care unit is staffed with eight physicians, eight neonatal nurse practitioners, 26 registered nurses and 15 respiratory therapists specially trained to provide a higher level of newborn care. The unit’s state-of-the-art equipment includes a cardiac monitoring system, ventilators, intensive care isolettes and electronic patient documentation for physicians.

“Babies often remain in our care for days and—in some cases—weeks. We are pleased to be able to offer an advanced level of care that enables families to stay close to home during their baby’s extended stay in the medical center,” said Women’s and Children’s Administrative Director Beth Himes.

The upcoming celebration will include a display of current photos of NICU graduates. Parents who would like to provide a child’s photo for display at the event may submit it via e-mail to For those planning to attend the reunion, registration is encouraged. To register or receive more information, call 931.540.4281.