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San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) held its 23rd annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion on Wednesday, October 30. This much anticipated event held each year for the “graduates” of the hospital’s NICU and their parents. Some families have been attending the event for years, never forgetting the care they received from the hospital staff during their young lives. This included Kristen Campbell, 22, who has been to the event every year since birth. "It's just nice to see all the kids growing up. It's just fun."

Every year, the NICU staff enjoys seeing the fruits of their efforts as NICU graduates come back for the reunion. “It’s really a celebration of what we do,” says Cindy Albright, RNC, MHA, and SACH’s Nursing Director for NICU and Pediatrics. Cindy remembers an extremely sick, premature baby with multiple complications that the NICU took care of years ago. “By all measures, she shouldn’t be here,” states Cindy. “But she is alive and thriving.” That tiny baby is now a teenager and comes to the NICU reunion each year to see the staff that saved her life.

  • Ronni Mendoza, 5 months, from Rancho Cucamonga, is photographed by her mother Aundria Rodriguez and held by her grandmother Deanne Rodriguez. Ronni came in at 4 pounds, 6 ounces. This is the first time they have attended the event.

    Ronni Mendoza, 5 months, from Rancho Cucamonga, is photographed ...

  • Gavin Salge, 3, hangs out with his mother Michelle and afther Marcus. Gavin was born in the NICU.

    Gavin Salge, 3, hangs out with his mother Michelle and afther Ma...

  • Evan Coronado, 2, was born just after 34 weeks. He came with his family from Fontana.

    Evan Coronado, 2, was born just after 34 weeks. He came with his...

  • Juan Serna, 4 months, couldn't wait for a sit down dinner.

    Juan Serna, 4 months, couldn't wait for a sit down dinner....

  • Gwendilyn Morris, 6, came to the event as a Zombie. She's from Rialto.

    Gwendilyn Morris, 6, came to the event as a Zombie. She's from R...

  • Samantha Gessler, 3, from Ontario may look a little unhappy, but she was clearly enjoying the event with her family. Samantha was in the NICU for 11 days.

    Samantha Gessler, 3, from Ontario may look a little unhappy, but...

  • It didn't take long for Camila Sanchez, 10 months, from Ontario to get noticed by the SACH staff. Camila was dressed as an In N' Out milkshake, spent two weeks at the hospital and weighed in at 4 pounds, 4 ounces at birth.

    It didn't take long for Camila Sanchez, 10 months, from Ontario ...

  • There was a steady stream of people who came for the reunion during the 3 hour event.

    There was a steady stream of people who came for the reunion dur...

  • Hunter Hall, left, and Adam Cole, both 11 months, were roomates at the NICU and born after only 30 weeks. Hunter weighed in at 2 pounds, 4 ounces, while Adam was a tad less at 2 pounds, 3 ounces. This was the first time the families met since being at the

    Hunter Hall, left, and Adam Cole, both 11 months, were roomates ...

  • Captain America meet Angry Bird. As Jeremiah Whiman, 6, far right, leaves the NICU party with his mother Danielle, they glance over the another family entering the party. Ms. Whitman likes to take her family to the event every year. We want to engage in

    Captain America meet Angry Bird. As Jeremiah Whiman, 6, far righ...

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