Fourth Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion Celebrates Triumph and Courage at Marian Regional Medical Center
Infants and toddlers will enjoy fun and festivities while reuniting with physicians and staff that cared for them

SANTA MARIA, CA- October 10, 2017 – Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will once again host its tiniest patients and their loved ones for the fourth annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Graduation Celebration on Saturday, November 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Neonates such as Ellie Moomey, born 15 weeks early and weighing less than two pounds, will have the opportunity to reunite with the caregivers that nurtured them back to health during their most critical first days. This special day will celebrate the courageous beginnings of hundreds of infants, many now toddlers, who often came into the world weighing less than three pounds.

The NICU Graduation Celebration will be held at the MRMC Tau Monument, located at the corner of South Palisade Drive and East Church Street in Santa Maria. The celebration will allow the children and families of the NICU to celebrate with the medical staff, nurses, and volunteers that make the unit so remarkable. NICU graduates and families in attendance will experience food, games, family portraits, face painting, fingerprinting, and a visit from a local fire engine for the children to enjoy.

Marian’s 21-bed, Community (Level III) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the most

sophisticated and technologically-advanced unit in the region, providing exceptional

care to the tiniest of patients.

For additional information or questions about the MRMC NICU Graduation Celebration, please contact Sara San Juan at 805.739.3574 or sara.sanjuan@dignityhealth.org.

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County.  Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at http://www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional/