NICU Heroes Awards Terms 2014

NICU Heroes Award 2014

  • Nominator must be a parent or legal guardian of a child who is currently, or has been previously, admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or similar unit specifically for the treatment of neonates.  The admission could have been for any reason, not necessarily premature birth, and the child can currently be any age or may be deceased.
  • Nominator must be at least 18 years of age to submit a nomination.
  • Nominee must be a healthcare provider who was involved in the NICU care for the nominator’s child.  Specifically, nominee must be a: Doctor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Therapist, Dietician, Lactation Consultant, Social Worker, or Case Worker.  Nominee must currently practice at a hospital with a NICU.
  • Nominations are limited to stories occurring in NICUs in the 50 US states and Washington, DC.
  • Each parent/guardian may nominate multiple healthcare professionals for the Award.
  • All nominees will receive notification of their nomination via e-mail.  To be eligible for consideration for the NICU Heroes Award, each nominee must submit additional information as instructed in their notification e-mail.  Each nominee will only need to submit one set of supplemental information per contest year, regardless of the number of times they are nominated in that contest year. Receiving multiple nominations does not improve the nominee’s chance of winning.  All nominees will receive a Certificate of Nomination, regardless of whether they submit their additional information.
  • Judges will determine winners using uniform criteria based on nominator’s story as well as the additional information provided by the nominee.  Nominees’ names will be removed from nominations during judging to ensure impartiality.  Judges will be drawn from practicing NICU healthcare professionals representing a cross-section of occupations and NICU parents.  No healthcare professional that serves as a judge may be considered for the NICU Heroes Award during their time of service as a judge.  If they are nominated, they will receive their certificate of nomination, but their nomination will not progress to judging.  NICU parents will not judge entries they submitted. Judges will not be compensated for their judging duties.  Mead Johnson Nutrition and its employees will have no role in judging.
  • The two (2) grand prize winners per year will receive: 1) a NICU Hero Award certificate and trophy, 2) a donation made in the winner’s honor to the pediatric healthcare charity of the winner’s choice, subject to approval by Mead Johnson Nutrition, and 3) a one-year subscription to the Hand to Hold NICU Resource Library for the winner’s hospital.  The award presentation will occur in a ceremony at, or in the vicinity of, the winner’s hospital.  If feasible, the nominating family will be invited to the award presentation.  Details and timing of the presentation will be coordinated between Mead Johnson Nutrition, Hand to Hold, and the winner.
  • The donation must be made to an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  The donation cannot be made to a hospital at which the winner is currently practicing nor to any affiliate of such a hospital.  As a NICU Heroes Award presenter, Hand to Hold is not eligible to receive the $2,500 donation from the Award winner.
  • Hand to Hold staff and board of directors; Mead Johnson employees, board of directors, contractors, and agency employees are eligible to submit nominations, if they meet the general nominator criteria.
  • Nominators’ and Nominees’ answers may be used in press releases, webpages and other marketing materials relating to the NICU Heroes Award.  Parents/Guardians will be identified by first name and last initial.  Children will be identified by first name only.  Healthcare professionals will be identified by first name, last initial, and occupation.  Answers may be shared on the Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson webpages and Facebook pages,, and in marketing materials, internal communications, annual reports, etc.  By submitting a nomination, or by submitting additional information as a nominee or recommender, you give consent to Hand to Hold and/or Mead Johnson Nutrition to use your information as described in these Terms.
  • The winners, finalists and nominator(s) of the winner and finalists consent to have their photos, first and last names, and select portions of the nomination information shared with media for publication.
  • Unless they choose to opt out on their submissions, nominators, nominees, and recommenders may receive information and materials from Hand to Hold and/or Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Hand to Hold is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit NICU and bereaved parent support organization. To learn more about Hand to Hold, visit or call toll-free 1-855-H2H-NICU (1-855-424-6428).
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition manufactures products to meet the nutritional needs of infants and children around the world.  To learn more about Mead Johnson Nutrition, visit
  • Please direct questions and concerns to Contessa Weinheimer, at contessa [at] handtohold [dot] org or 855-H2H-NICU x5.

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