The Renown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) recently held its annual Graduation Picnic at Pickett Park, an event that both staff and families look forward to attending every year to celebrate milestones and victories.
“There’s not any words that could say what the nurses meant to our family or what they did for our family,” says Stephanie Mott, whose premature son spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Renown Children’s Hospital. “It was a roller coaster to say the very least, but they pulled us right through — through every up and down.”
Mott was among more than 100 parents and children who attended the annual NICU Graduation Picnic held every fall at Pickett Park.
Renown NICU Nurse Melissa Forry, RN, says the NICU picnic is also the nurses’ opportunity to celebrate with families who have been through the NICU journey.
Ann Marie Culp, whose newborn daughter was in the NUCI, said the nurses become like family.
“Coming to the picnic is important to us because it gives us a chance to see the nurses who were there to support us,” Culp says. “Also for them to see how beautiful and happy she is, and see how much she has grown, and for us to just thank them again and again for everything that they did.”