ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican is calling all graduates from its Special Care Nursery (SCN) and new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to join us for a reunion bash on August 24.

SwedishAmerican will hold its annual reunion from 10 a.m. to noon in the Camelot Tower parking lot on SwedishAmerican’s campus at 1415 E. State Street, Rockford. This year’s event will feature a princess and pirate theme and include graduates from the Level III NICU, which opened in May.

The reunion provides an opportunity for SwedishAmerican SCN and NICU staff to see how far some of the tiniest and sickest patients have come, and families will have a chance to reunite with the nurses and doctors they grew close with during their time at SwedishAmerican.

“Our annual reunion is always very meaningful, and this year it will be extra special with the recent opening of our NICU,” said Paula Culvey, SwedishAmerican Nurse Manager for Pediatrics and NICU. “Our staff and providers are thrilled to reunite with the patients and family members who spent time in our unit. They were together during very difficult and stressful times, and it’s important to have this celebration to reconnect and recognize how far they’ve come.”

The reunion will provide entertainment and activities for children of all ages including a photo booth, temporary tattoos, face painting, balloon animals, interactive games and more. Every princess and pirate will also receive their own tiara or pirate hat they can decorate.

Refreshments will be provided, and every participant will walk away with a gift and have a chance at winning a Target gift card.

In the event of rain, the party will move inside in the Heart Hospital first-floor conference rooms.

SCN and NICU families are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, August 21 at tinyurl.com/SCNreunion2019. 

About SwedishAmerican:

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of nearly 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Please visit swedishamerican.org for more information.