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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Celebrates 25 Years of NICU Care

ARLINGTON, Texas — Five-year-old triplets Alyssa, Bailey, and Cassidy Hays don’t recognize any nurses or doctors at the “hospital party” they look forward to each year.

But their mom, Tracy, will never forget.

“I know all of their faces,” Tracy Hays said of the staff that cared for her babies. “They made it such a wonderful experience for us.”

The triplets stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital for six weeks after their birth learning the most basic function: eating. Nurses taught the babies how to breathe and swallow at the same time.

Now, the Hays family returns every year to celebrate with other NICU graduates and families at the hospital’s annual NICU reunion.

Texas Health Arlington Memorial will host its 25th annual NICU reunion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the south atrium of the hospital. Two hundred guests are expected for the celebration, which gives children and their families a chance to reconnect with the doctors, nurses and staff who cared for them.

“It was a security to my husband Russell and me to have our babies in the NICU,” Tracy Hays said. “I knew they were in the best place they could possibly be.”

Fast facts about the NICU:

  • There have been more than 8,000 babies in the NICU since it opened in 1984.
  • In 2008, 442 babies were admitted to the NICU.
  • The smallest baby ever admitted was Ty Krause, weighing 1 pound 1 ounce. He was born March 14, 1996.
  • The average NICU stay is 9.6 days.

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in six additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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