March 18, 2016

Former Preemies at UAMS Invited to April 9 Reunion

March 18, 2016 | Former patients of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and their families are invited to its fifth annual reunion April 9 to celebrate and reconnect with doctors and staff.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor gallery at UAMS Medical Center. For more information, visit the reunion’s Facebook page at

“NICU patients often have a lengthy stay in the hospital, which means that the patients, their families and the staff can develop lasting bonds. The reunion is a way to get everyone back together so we can all celebrate UAMS’ tiniest patients as they grow and thrive,” said Becky Sartini, clinic services manager of the NICU.

Lunch will be served, and Brian and Terri Kinder of Kindersongs will perform for the children, who are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes.

There will also be a car seat checkup station during the event at which certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats for safety or recall issues and ensure that the seats are properly installed in the vehicles. The station will be held on the top level of Parking Deck 1, which is located off of Hooper Drive in front of the hospital.

The NICU at UAMS combines advanced technology with trained health care professionals to provide specialized treatment for the tiniest of patients in a patient- and family-centered environment. It averages more than 1,500 admissions each year and has survival rates among the best in the nation.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.