A mother watches over her baby in the Victoria General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The unit hosts its 30th annual reunion tomorrow.

VGH unit celebrates 30 years of intensive infant care in View Royal

Island Health hosting annual ‘preemie’ reunion at VGH

Family members, hospital staff and ‘graduates’ of Victoria General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will get a chance to reconnect Thursday (Aug. 14) at the 30th annual reunion.

“The nurses love to see how the kids have grown from their rough start to these flourishing kids,” said Sarah Plank, Island Health media relations manager. “It’s pretty special.”

As well as children, the event usually draws teenagers and even adults who were cared for at the unit, said Plank, who has attended the past few reunions.

“We had a nurse a couple years ago who had been in the (unit as a baby). And now she was working (there).”

Since it opened 30 years ago, approximately 18,000 babies have gone through the intensive care unit, receiving specialized medical care and round-the-clock nursing.

The reunion, sponsored by the Victoria Hospital Foundation, runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jeneece Place Patio at VGH.

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