MEDIA ADVISORY: Nationwide Childrens Hospital Hosts First Small Baby Reunion - Sunday

September 11, 2010

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hosts First Small Baby Reunion
Small baby graduates celebrate with their families and the NICU staff
Sunday, September 12, 2010
1 to 4 p.m.
*1:30 p.m. best media opportunity 
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Stecker Auditorium
575 S. 18th St.
Columbus, OH 43205
*Parking available in visitor’s parking garage located at the corner of S. 18th St. and Mooberry Dr.; a media relations rep will meet you at this entrance for escort to event location
Small baby graduates, parents, siblings and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff
More than 75 Small Baby graduates and their families are expected to attend Nationwide Children’s Hospital first Small Baby Reunion. The NICU staff will join the celebration as they welcome back the children they once cared for as premature infants. Families will have the chance to share memories with the staff and enjoy a visit from several zoo animals from the Columbus Zoo.
An infant born at less than 27 weeks gestation is considered a Small Baby. These premature babies have survived tremendous odds at Nationwide Children’s thanks in large part to guidelines developed and tested at the bedside.
The Small Baby Guidelines (SBGs), developed by the neonatology team at Nationwide Children’s, provide a uniform, interdisciplinary approach to the family-centered care of extremely premature babies. The guidelines outline care regarding development, nutrition, cardiovascular functioning, infection and other potential health concerns during the first week of these infants’ lives.
A few years ago, the survival rate for babies born at 23 weeks was 10 percent. Today, the survival rate at Nationwide Children’s is 63 percent thanks in large part to the standardized care that the guidelines provide.
Erin Pope
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 355-0495
Margot Ranney
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(614) 378-3686

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at