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Media Contact: Katie Solovey

Published on October 08, 2009

Shady Grove Adventist's Newly Expanded NICU Celebrates 10th Annual Reunion for Former Patients and Families

First baby to receive hospitals' high-tech, whole-body cooling procedure returns for reunion

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital will celebrate its tenth annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion on Sunday, Oct. 11 with more than 150 former patients and families, including the first baby to have received a cutting-edge procedure to protect her brain from stress caused during labor and delivery.

This year's reunion, which will include fun activities for children as well as a group picture, is particularly special because Shady Grove Adventist opened a new, expanded NICU this past summer.

"Some of our babies and families spend many weeks in our care and develop deep bonds with our physicians and nurses who provide expert care to our NICU patients," said Kathy Dallas, Director of Children's Services at Shady Grove Adventist. "Our annual reunion is a wonderful way for us to reconnect with these families and continue the close bonds that develop while these babies are in our care."

Shady Grove Adventist's newly expanded, state-of-the-art Level III-B NICU is one of the largest in the area and provides some of the most advanced procedures and services to critically ill babies. One of those procedures is the whole body cooling procedure, which is achieved by placing the baby on a cooling blanket, immediately following the birth. The cooling process, which is closely regulated by the health care team, typically takes about 72 hours and the re-warming process then takes several additional hours. Cooling is currently performed at a number of academic centers in the United States. Shady Grove is now one of just a few hospitals in the region and the only one in Montgomery County to offer whole body cooling in its NICU.

Last spring, Remy Cooperstein became the first baby to be treated with whole body cooling at Shady Grove. Today, at 19 months, Remy is a vibrant and active toddler who is thriving following her early-life treatment in Shady Grove's NICU.

"We are extremely happy with the wonderful development of our daughter since becoming Shady Grove's first infant cooling patient last year," said Danny and Lisa Cooperstein of Clarksburg. "One year later, she is a thriving, happy toddler thanks to the wonderful, high-level care provided by the physicians and staff at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital."

Shady Grove's NICU is one of the largest high-level NICUs in Montgomery County, with the capacity to hold up to 37 beds. The Department is staffed with board certified neonatologists and neonatal nurses who are trained to handle the most complex and high-risk situations for newborn babies.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 320 licensed beds, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009. Shady Grove offers a broad range of health services including emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children, including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the county. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown opened in 2006 and is providing increased access to emergency medical care for more than 33,000 residents in 2008.

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