Celebrating the sixth Annual Kim and Steven Ullman NICU Reunion

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates and their families were invited to the sixth annual Kim and Steven Ullman NICU reunion on June 9 at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park. Guests enjoyed a Western-themed day at the park with food, activities, a bubble-blowing car, bounce houses, ice cream and goody bags in celebration of the health and well-being of so many tiny NICU patients who are now thriving.

More than 600 people were in attendance at this year’s reunion, including medical staff and city officials. NICU graduates ranged in age from six years to six weeks old. This event gave families an opportunity to celebrate and thank the NICU staff who provided specialized intensive care for their babies during a critical time. 
“The NICU reunion is our staff’s favorite time of year. It is a chance to see the beautiful babies and their families thriving and growing,” said Elizabeth Tarantini, LCSW, Perinatal Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “We are honored to be a part of their lives during a very vulnerable time. Our physicians and staff create bonds with these families that are long-standing. In fact, many of our babies are in kindergarten now and still coming back to see us—some from as far as Philadelphia and Seattle! To see them at such a joyful time is like Christmas morning for all of us. It is truly a family reunion.”

Now in its sixth year, the NICU has helped thousands of tiny patients and their families. Henry Mayo would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to Kim and Steven Ullman—the couple who made this all possible with their philanthropic gift, their vision, and their huge hearts. Thank you, Kim and Steve!  IYH

Main image: Former patients, their families and Henry Mayo staff at the sixth annual Kim and Steven Ullman NICU Reunion. 

Small image: Catherine Espinoza, NICU RN; Joe Correnti, NICU respiratory therapist; and Elizabeth Tarantini, perinatal social worker, reunite with the Ross family.