NICU Heroes Award

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NICU families often struggle with the words to appropriately thank neonatal professionals for the difference they made in the lives of their children.  The NICU Heroes Award, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold, recognizes NICU professionals for their compassion and dedication to improving outcomes not only for medically fragile babies but the entire family.

Parents/guardians of children who have been admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for any reason were invited to submit a nomination  for their favorite neonatal health care professional beginning April 1, 2015 and ending  May 14, 2015. See who the 2014 winners and finalists were last year and read their amazing stories.  See the full press release about the winners!

How to Nominate

The 2015 nomination period for parents to nominate a favorite neonatal health professional for one of two NICU Heroes Awards will begin April 1, 2015. Soon, NICU parents will be invited to fill out a short nomination and include their story (500 word limit) about how a NICU staff member stands out for making their time or their child/ren’s time in the NICU easier. Contact Contessa Weinheimer at contessa [at] handtohold [dot] org if you have questions.

Nominees are notified via email of their nomination and will be directed to a website to provide supporting information for judging, including answers to three questions. Read the terms of participation.

Judging will be done by a panel of practicing NICU healthcare professionals and NICU graduate parents.


All nominees will receive a Certificate of Nomination in recognition of their achievement and a copy of the parent’s essay, which shares the heartwarming difference their work made for their child/ren and family.

The two NICU Heroes Award Winners will receive the following:

  • A  NICU Hero Award certificate and trophy, presented at the winner’s hospital,
  • A $2,500 donation made in their honor to the pediatric healthcare charity of their choice*, and
  • A one-year subscription to the Hand to Hold NICU Resource Library for the winner’s hospital.

*Some limitations may apply.

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