Compassionate Caregivers Change Lives
With the ever changing healthcare landscape, it is often easy to get caught up in the challenges that plague the industry rather than focusing on the tremendous benefits and blessings made possible by the access we have to advanced medical care, including state of the art facilities, innovative treatment options, and compassionate care givers.
A few days after my son’s preterm birth at 24 weeks gestation, I lay in my hospital bed in the middle of the night crying uncontrollably. A lovely nurse came in to console me, and I remember telling her how much I missed my baby. She offered to take me to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to see Jackson; I struggled for the words to tell her that I missed him being inside of me. I physically ached for him in my belly. I felt very lonely and was so devastated by the hideous scar that now stared back at me when I looked at my swollen stomach. I felt I had been raped of my precious baby. She sat with me and held me and rocked with me and let me cry. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my NICU journey, and I remain indebted to that special angel to this day.
Hand to Hold’s For the Love of Babies Awards were created to recognize medical professionals like my compassionate nurse who deliver strong support and excellent medicine to Central Texas babies and their families. For the Love of Babies Awards are given annually to medical professionals who touch the lives of those who struggle with conception, complications during pregnancy, a neonatal intensive care unit stay or loss of a baby. Honorees represent the fields of fertility, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, mental health, and pediatric therapy. Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.
We hope you will join Hand to Hold on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the For the Love of Babies Awards Breakfast held at the Austin Renaissance Hotel from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. as we honor:
Dr. Juan M. Guerrero, M.D. – Pediatrician
Sharon Jones, RN – NICU Nurse
Becky Roberson, BSN, RNC-NIC – Neonatal Case Manager
Dr. Peter Untalan, M.D. – Neonatologist
Congratulations to our 2015 winners. We look forward to honoring you for the profound difference you make each day in the lives of your patients and their families. Thank you for giving more than is required to ensure the best outcomes for NICU and bereaved families.
Happy New Year,
Kelli D. Kelley
Founder and Executive Director
Thanks for Supporting NICU & Bereaved Families
Hand to Hold would like to recognize all donors who gave during our 2014 end-of-year campaign. Your gracious gifts will help us expand our programs in 2015 to provide support to even more families during and after a NICU stay or loss. Thank you!
Kay & Thomas Bonner
Chris & Heidii Bugbee
CoCANN Nurses/Kathi Randall
Barbara Ann Dielmann
Dr. Juan Guerrero
Dolores W. Irvin
Mike & Kelli Kelley
Lois Paul and Partners
D. Douglas Price
Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy
Dr. Lee Woodward
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