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PVH to host Preemie Reunion August 10

For immediate release: Aug. 7, 2013


Note to reporters: About 250 preemies and their families are expected to attend the reunion, so there will be good opportunities for interviews and photographs.

PVH to host 8th annual preemie reunion August 10

Parents with premature or critically ill babies treated in PVH’s neonatal intensive care unit or MCR’s Special Care Nursery are invited to the reunion. For more information, call 970.495.8293 or visit

On August 10, Poudre Valley Hospital will welcome back children who began their lives as premature or critically ill infants in the hospital’s high-level neonatal intensive care unit.

The 8th annual reunion from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will have a pet theme. Veterinarians from Colorado State University’s Veterinary Hospital will educate children about pet care and safety.

Children will have opportunities to play in an animal bounce house and a professional photographer will capture images of the children posed with stuffed animal dogs. A healthy lunch will be served.
The event will take place on the east side of PVH in Fort Collins and in the Courtyard Cafe on the hospital’s lower level.

Our physicians and nurses look forward to seeing the children and their families each year,” said Pat Bohling-Smith, director of University of Colorado Health’s women and children’s services.

“The children grow and change so much,” she said. “It’s really rewarding to see a child born weighing only a pound grow into a toddler that is running, playing and smiling. “Families really enjoy reconnecting with their nurses and doctors.”

The 57-member NICU staff routinely cares for newborns as young as 28 weeks gestation rather than having them transported to Denver hospitals that offer the same specialized critical care. The PVH Level III unit has cared for more than 2,500 infants since receiving the high-level designation in 2006.

PVH is the only hospital between Denver and Billings, Mont., that offers Level III care. The designation is one of the highest that can be achieved. Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, has a Level II nursery that routinely cares for babies born as early as 34 weeks gestation.

The three neonatologist physicians and six neonatal nurse practitioners who work in PVH’s neonatal intensive care unit are part of the team that provides services to two Denver hospitals: Children’s Hospital and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, both of which are nationally recognized for the treatment of infants.

Other PVH staff members who provide Level III care—nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists—are extensively trained in neonate critical care. The hospital has state-of-the-art ventilators, cardiac monitors, isolettes, and other equipment specially designed to treat tiny, sick infants.

“We have an incredible team and really enjoy being able to offer this high-level of expert care to families in our community and throughout our region,” said Barb Peters, NICU nurse manager. “

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Jill Clark, University of Colorado Health, marketing strategist, 970.217.7549



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