Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition are pleased to announce the NICU Heroes Award Winners for 2014 are Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Horecky Hall of Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina and Neonatologist Stewart Lawrence, MD, of Mountain States Neonatology, an affiliate of Pediatrix Medical Group and who practices at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Read the national press release.
Stephanie Horecky Hall, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC was nominated by Mary Ann Lilly from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mary Ann Lilly’s daughter Kristianne Elizabeth was born on June 21, 2004 at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 7 ounces. Kristi was immediately admitted to the Medical University of South Carolina NICU where Lilly, met bedside nurse Horecky Hall. Horecky Hall and Lilly formed an instant bond. Horecky Hall was not only on Kristi’s medical team, she stepped into the role of advocate and caregiver, taking care of baby Kristi, but also her mother and father, as well as her 10-year old big sister Rachel. The hospital ceremony was held Thursday, September 25, 2014. Read about her ties to the charity she chose to receive a donation.
Sophie Carney from Boise, Idaho, nominated Dr. Stewart Lawrence for the compassionate, professional care he gave to her 25-week-old twins and their family while the twins were in Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center’s NICU for four months in 2013 and 2014. The twins were born after receiving a life-saving procedure for a rare condition known as “twin-to-twin transfusion,” or TTTS, in which the blood flow through twins’ placental connections becomes unbalanced, threatening both babies in utero. It affects less than 20 percent of identical twins. The hospital award ceremony will be held Friday, September 26, 2014. Read more about Dr. Lawrence and why he decided on a career in neonatology.
The four finalists include the following:
- Michelle White, NICU Nurse, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, Huntsville, AL
- Marilee Lawson, NICU Nurse, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
- Natalie Sorrentino, NICU Nurse, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grand Junction, CO
- Kathy Knoll, NICU Nurse, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, CO
Families from 30 U.S. states nominated neonatal healthcare professionals for the award, which recognizes and honors neonatal healthcare professionals who go above and beyond to care for their patients and their patients’ families. We are grateful to each family and healthcare provider for participating in this contest. It was obvious to us and our independent panel of judges, consisting of NICU parents and NICU health care providers, that there are indeed many deserving NICU heroes who are committed to a high standard of compassionate care for newborns and their families. Thank you for sharing your NICU journey and your NICU Hero’s story with us.