“Wall of Hope” unveiled in NICU

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One section of the Wall of Hope

It’s a journey of ups followed by downs, some in-betweens and cherished moments of triumph: life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) – now can be seen in an amazing (and adorable) display outside of Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU. On Saturday, October 26, 2019 the photographs will be officially unveiled.

Some babies get a rough start when they enter this world, but many end up thriving thanks to dedicated professionals who deliver round-the-clock care using the latest technology available. But all of that medical know-how cannot replace the love that helps these babies feel safe and secure so they can respond to treatment.

“While our staff are skilled at cuddling, soothing and swaddling little ones, no arms can replace the love from parents and families of our tiniest patients who must hold and touch their babies through a maze of tubes and monitors,” explains Laura Gary, Nurse Manager of Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU. “Every NICU graduate is a testimony to this partnership, now captured through inspirational images in our Wall of Hope.”

Join us as we unveil Hennepin Healthcare’s NICU “Wall of Hope” and celebrate the miraculous journey of these little ones on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am to noon at our Clinic & Specialty Center, 715 South 8th St. in Minneapolis.

After a brief reception featuring some of the NICU “graduates” featured in the photographs by Philip Hussong, guests will go to the NICU for the official unveiling of the display. For more information, go to hennepinhealthcare.org/wallofhope.

Free parking is available in the Clinic & Specialty Center’s underground garage off of Park Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets (821 Park Avenue South). Take the elevator to the first floor for the event.

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Preemie “graduates” after spending entire 515 days of life in hospital

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Oliver Rodriguez-Ocampo has spent each of his 515 days of life at HCMC since his birth on July 20 of last year. To celebrate his “graduation” from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and now the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to home, staff at Hennepin Healthcare are having a graduation open house for Oliver from 11am to 1pm today. His “graduation” will include a cap and gown, cake and refreshments.

“We’ve grown awfully close to this little guy,” explains Katie O’Hearn, Child Life Specialist who was one of the organizers of the event. “As far as we know, he’s had one of the longest stays as an inpatient baby we’ve had here in at least 18 years. He’s got each and every one of us wrapped around his adorable little fingers.”

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital located in downtown Minneapolis offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, including The Birth Center.

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Oliver got a visit from Jason Zucker with the Minnesota Wild before his graduation day.