It was a class reunion, of
sorts. Lafayette General held a reunion
party at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville on Saturday, May 19 for parents and
youngsters to reconnect with former caregivers from the hospitalís Level III Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Invited families and NICU staff
enjoyed plenty of food and activities.
Ice cream was served to top off the hot dogs, hamburgers and cold
drinks. A fun jump with interactive
cartoon characters and a kiddie pool filled with toy ducks and frogs to catch entertained
the children. "Some of them went
swimming in there, as well,Ē laughed Judy Robichaux, Director of Women & Childrenís
Services at LGMC.
The NICU Reunion Party was held
for the second-consecutive year after having taken a few years off. The event is intended to rejoin the
families and hospital staff of the NICU that bonded together to bring infants
through their intensive care stays from the preceding year. The hospital hopes to make the reunion
an annual occasion to include children from more than just the previous year,
says Robichaux. Last yearís reunion
was held at the Zoo of Acadiana, but this year it was moved to Sugar Mill Pond. "It is a beautiful place to have it,Ē
Itís estimated more than 60 people
were in attendance, including approximately 25 parents and their children, including
4 sets of twins, that had gone through the NICU at LGMC.
The Level III NICU at LGMC is
located in the Pavilion for women and children, and offers one of the most
technologically advanced NICUís in the surrounding nine-parish area. Staff at LGMC includes neonatologists Dr. David DeIulio (Director
of Neonatology)and Dr. Mufeed Ashraf; neonatal nurse practitioners, and
subspecialty pediatricians like pediatric cardiologists and
gastroenterologists; in addition LGMC provides a team of other professionals
including respiratory therapists, dietitians, lactation consultants,
occupational therapists, social workers and hospital chaplains.