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Apr 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wadley Regional Medical Center will be hosting its first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Birthday Celebration on Saturday, April 7th from 10am-12pm. The NICU Birthday Party will be held in the front of the hospital between the Main Entrance and the Day Surgery entrance. This is a chance to celebrate all babies who have been cared for in the Wadley NICU over the years. An invitation is warmly extended to the many patients and their families who received care in the Wadley NICU, which was recently designated a Level II NICU in November 2017.
This celebration is an opportunity for families from around the Texarkana area to reunite with nurses who not only cared for their babies, but helped the parents through an emotional and trying time. “The staff has been the driving force behind getting this event put together,” claims Shelby Brown, director of marketing and planning for Wadley. “They are so excited to be able to reconnect with these very special deliveries and their families!”
There will be lots of games for the kids to play, balloon animals by Daryl Miller, hand prints, and face painting. To commemorate the day, there will be a photo area for families to use their own camera. A birthday party would not be complete without a Birthday cake, popcorn, and a lemonade stand for all to enjoy. There will be fabulous Door Prizes and every child will receive a gift.
“We are excited to see these patients and families that it’s been our honor to care for in our NICU,” says Antonette Reed, Director Maternal and Child, Wadley Regional Medical Center. “We hope that April’s NICU Birthday Party will be the first of many more to come in the years ahead. It should be a fun time for our current and former nurses to reconnect with patients who are now growing up healthy and strong!”
The Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck for children to experience up close and Sylvia Jennings with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be available for car seat checks. It is important to have you child in a car seat, but just as important is to have them restrained correctly. The Wadley Trauma Department will also have information on Arkansas and Texas State laws in reference to seatbelt usage.
Wadley has been the Birth Place of Texarkana for generations. With the area’s most experienced birthing staff, Wadley has set a precedent for childbirth excellence in the Four-State area by being the first designated 10 Step Hospital and first Mother-Friendly Worksite in Texarkana. The Texas 10 Step program, developed in 1999, is a method for improving maternity care practices in birthing facilities. The program aids birthing facilities in improving breastfeeding outcomes through adoption of best practices. As a Mother-Friendly Worksite, Wadley Regional Medical Center proactively supports employees who choose to breastfeed their infants. Our nursery provides newborn, transition and Level II intensive care with 24-hour neonatology service. Additionally, Wadley Regional Medical Center is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blue Distinction+ Center for Maternity Care – the only in Texarkana, demonstrating better overall patient satisfaction and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.