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Babies and parents celebrate Henry Mayo NICU’s first birthday

Families attend reunion for neonatal intensive care unit's first year in operation

Posted: May 12, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Mom, Erin Finn buckles in her 10-month-old twins Kylie, left, and Dylan as she prepares to speak at the NICU Reunion Program held at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on May 2. Photo by Dan Watson

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Graduation season has begun in the Santa Clarita Valley, but one recent ceremony was unique: all the graduates arrived in diapers.
More than 100 babies and their proud parents attended Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s recent celebration of the hospital’s first year operating its neonatal intensive care unit.
“We love your NICU,” said Rachel Ackerman as her husband, Chris, stood beside her proudly holding their 10-month-old baby son, Noah.
“We cannot say enough about you,” she said. “If we had to go to Burbank or Holy Cross, it would have been horrific.”
As it turned out, the Ackermans live across the street from Henry Mayo, and when they learned of complications in Noah’s birth, they were relieved to have journeyed across the street for the specialized help they required, as opposed to being sent to a hospital outside the Santa Clarita Valley.
“We praise God so much for having led us to this place,” Chris Ackerman said.
Henry Mayo’s 11-bed NICU is equipped and staffed for a full range of highly-specialized neonatal care, according to hospital information.
The $6 million Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened in June 2012. It offers private, temperature-controlled rooms designed and built to provide each infant the developmentally appropriate environment that he or she requires ­­— from warm lighting to sound barriers.
“We are so proud to have our names on this,” said Steve Ullman, who attended the reunion.
“Our granddaughter was born (at Henry Mayo) in 2009,” he said. “She had complications, and we had to go to an (outside) hospital.
“That was our experience, and that’s what made us realize that they needed a neonatal intensive care unit here for newborns.”
As he looked around a hospital room filled with babies peering from the shoulders of more than 100 proud parents, Ullman said the money was well spent.
“Now look,” he said. “There’s all these little babies here.”
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