Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Announce Finalists of Third Annual NICU Heroes Awards
Six finalists have cared for thousands of NICU infants and families over the last 18 to 34 years
Created in 2012, the NICU Heroes Award recognizes those professionals, including physicians, neonatal nurses, and other healthcare professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of families with preterm or medically fragile newborns.
Families from 21 U.S. states nominated healthcare professionals who helped make a difference for their preterm or medically fragile newborns. The six 2015 finalists, whose careers represent over 140 years of experience in neonatal health, include:
Finalists were chosen by an independent panel of NICU healthcare professionals and NICU parents from around the country. Each finalist will receive a certificate of appreciation and a copy of the nominating essay, which shares personal stories about how their work made a difference for the children and families in their care.
A second independent panel of judges will select two winners to be
Families of preemies and babies born with special health needs are often overwhelmed by their need for information and support, and NICU professionals make a significant difference in the lives of these families. Community-based programs, such as Hand to Hold, provide support to families before, during and after NICU stays.
“Our 2015 NICU Heroes finalists demonstrate a lifelong professional and personal commitment to the well-being of babies and families in their care. They also understand that having a baby in the NICU affects the whole family,” says Kelli Kelley, founder of Hand to Hold and mother of two children born premature. “When neonatal professionals balance the healthcare needs for babies with the emotional care of their families, they make a positive impact on babies and families that lasts a lifetime.”
“As a mother to preterm twin toddlers, I was moved by the many inspiring
stories of families and healthcare professionals coming together to
provide extraordinary care to fragile infants who faced challenging
situations during their early days of life,” said Graciela Monteagudo,
Mead Johnson’s Senior Vice President and President,
In 2014, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Horecky Hall of Medical
University of South Carolina in
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Mead Johnson, a global leader in pediatric nutrition, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes more than 70 products in over 50 countries worldwide. The company's mission is to nourish the world’s children for the best start in life. The Mead Johnson name has been associated with science-based pediatric nutrition products for over 100 years. The company's "Enfa" family of brands, including Enfamil® infant formula, is the world's leading brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. For more information, go to www.meadjohnson.com.
About Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold is a community-based, national support program for parents of preemies, babies born with a special health care need and those who have experienced loss due to these or other complications. The nonprofit organization’s vision is to enable a network of families to offer support, comfort and understanding to one another, and to provide them with knowledge, information and resources to ensure the best outcome for their children and family. For more information, go to www.handtohold.org.