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Former NICU patients reunite with healthcare professionals at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center

Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 20:09:52-04

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Every year, nearly two-hundred babies born in the San Luis Obispo community receive care in the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

On Saturday, children and families who "graduated" from theNICU reunited as part of the hospital's annual reunion event.

Hundreds of former patients gathered in Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo for the event.

The annual reunion features a barbecue, entertainment and activities for all ages.

It is also an opportunity for doctors, nurses and families to reunite and share stories.

"The nurses and doctors help support you tremendously whether it's breastfeeding or just learning how to change a diaper on a super tiny baby, it's very scary (for us)," said mom Summer Paulson.

Local law enforcement officers and first responders also attended the reunion.

Each year, nearly 200 babies born on the Central Coast receive advanced care in Sierra Vista's NICU.