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Texas Health Plano Welcomes NICU Graduates at Reunion Celebration
04/24/2013

PLANO, Texas — At 4 years old, Alex and Marinnia Harbin’s twin girls, Alexandria and Madison, are already graduates.

They “graduated” from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) six months after they were born. The girls arrived at just 24 weeks and five days, and weighed 1 pound, 6.9 ounces each. Because they were so small they were considered micro preemies and their parents were not sure if they would ever get to take their girls home. Returning now for the yearly reunion of graduates of the Texas Health Plano NICU and their caregivers celebration is very special to them.

“During the six months that we were in the NICU, I would get sad when I saw other parents take their babies home, thinking that would never be us,” said Marinnia Harbin, who now has two healthy, rambunctious girls to take care of. “I am thankful for the support and encouragement that the NICU and hospital staff provided me during that time — they truly become part of your family and we love seeing them at the reunion.”

The reunion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in the Seay Child Care Center located at 6100 W. Parker Road in Plano. Light refreshments will be served. The theme this year will be ‘Cirque de NICU’ and will feature face painters, a balloon artist, a bounce house and more.

“Every day, the NICU cares for the tiniest and most precious patients, and it is such a reward to get to see them as they grow up and celebrate life and family with them.” said Christine Moses, NICU unit secretary at Texas Health Plano.

Texas Health Plano has a Level III neonatal intensive care unit with board-certified neonatologists on the medical staff and specially trained nurses to care for infants in the unit. With 45 beds, the NICU has the largest bed capacity of any NICU in Collin County. Texas Health Plano also is proud to be a March of Dimes Level I parent support center.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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