In my job, I have the pleasure of visiting with patients throughout the week. One of the most unique treats is to see some of our patients who can’t speak but have a lot to say, our babies. I want to share an outstanding story of caring and survival that is commonplace in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our nurses there have the great responsibility of caring for Reston Hospital’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients. They carry this burden with great pride and become champions for the lives they protect.
In December Mary Stancik, our Director of the NICU, was at the birth of Ava, a 10-week premature little girl weighing in at a petite 2 lbs and 4 oz. My youngest child is also named Ava so it makes this story even more meaningful as I know what it is like to be a parent. Back to the story, Mary brought little Ava back to her NICU team of Rita Ahearn, Jen Dugan, Vicky Nichols and Sandra Rother who proceeded to care for Ava for the next 40 days. Ava is now nearly three months old and thriving at a healthy 6 lbs. This is just one of hundreds of similar stories from our NICU but the caring doesn’t stop there. Sandra Rother from the NICU, has taken it upon herself to spearhead our participation to raise money for the March of Dimes who provides education and research for the prevention of birth defect, premature birth and infant mortality. Baby Ava will be this year’s Reston Hospital’s ambassador.
I encourage you to support Sandra, graduates from our NICU and the March for Babies, if you can, by joining their team here: www.marchforbabies.org/team/guardianangels. You can also attend a kick-off event next Thursday, March 29th at 3 pm in Conference Room C for more details.
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