H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Sep 28, 2013 6:59 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Babies born in NICU meet caregivers at annual reunion event

About 1200 babies are born at Sierra Vista Hospital every year and 250 to 300 of them need care in the Neonatal ICU.

On Saturday, the hospital held an NICU Reunion event at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo.

About 500 people, including 125 babies, showed up.

The hospital holds the reunion every year. They say they want to celebrate the children who have "graduated" from the unit and reintroduce them to the staff that cared for them.

"Parents get to come back and see people who have taken care of their babies, see other parents that they bonded with while they were in the NICU, and we get to see how everybody's turned out. We have a number of kids who were born at less than a pound who were here running around like regular old kids," said Steve Van Scoy, the Medical Director of the NICU at Sierra Vista.

"These guys were born at 29 weeks and got phenomenal care their whole time here at the NIC Unit," said Mark Conover, a father of triplets.

The unit has helped about 4,000 babies since it opened.

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