Eastside Medical Center March 28, 2019

Over 600 Eastside NICU Family Members Reunited with Eastside's NICU Care Team at Hospital's Inaugural NICU Reunion

Snellville, GA — Eastside Medical Center hosted their inaugural NICU Reunion on the afternoon of Sunday, March 24, at their main campus hospital located at 1700 Medical Way in Snellville, Georgia. Welcoming over 600 people, the reunion was an opportunity for past NICU babies and their families to visit with their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) physicians, nurses, and staff to celebrate the healthy growth of these NICU graduates.

All children who graduated from Eastside's NICU were invited to attend the reunion alongside their parents and siblings. Familie participated in a fun-filled day of activities, carnival games, crafts, lunch, and more. The theme for this inaugural event was a circus theme. Additional entertainment included a trackless train, circus clown, a snow cone truck, and the Pink Heals Gwinnett pink fire truck.

Eastside's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for approximately 200 premature babies annually. The NICU offers 24-hour care and observation from highly experienced, board-certified neonatologists specially trained and certified nurses, respiratory therapists, and additional staff dedicated to the highest level of neonatal intensive care.

Dr. Abdul Ahmed served as the Medical Director of Eastside's NICU for over 29 years. Recently retired, Dr. Ahmed still cares for NICU patients part time at Eastside Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed had the special opportunity to see the progress these babies have made at the reunion.

"It was a great honor for the hospital, our team, and for me personally to see our NICU graduates come back for the reunion," stated Dr. Abdul Ahmed. "I have always believed that there is no better service than service to humankind delivered with dignity and respect. I try to remind myself of this goal on a regular basis. The reunion was a very fulfilling day to meet the parents again and see our little patients growing up and making progress. I want to express my gratitude to the families and the communities allowing us the opportunity to serve them."

The NICU care team at Eastside Medical Center works closely with parents to meet the needs of each infant every step of the way during their child's NICU journey.

"Every birth is a unique experience, and when babies come earlier than expected they require extra special care, and we are able to provide that around the clock care in our NICU," stated Elizabeth Baker, NICU Manager at Eastside Medical Center. "We spend time with the entire family when caring for a baby in the NICU, and it is often a very emotional and vulnerable time for these families. Our care team forms an intricate bond with these babies and families and it very special for both the parents and our nurses to reunite and see the milestones these babies have achieved years later. The reunion was a day of celebrating life here at Eastside."