Terms of Participation

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  • 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 or children.  Specifically, nominee must be a: Doctor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Therapist, Dietician, Lactation Consultant, Social Worker, Case Worker or other neonatal professional.  Nominee must currently practice at a hospital with a NICU. Two awards will be given.
  • 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 could improve the nominee’s chance of winning but is not the sole determining factor for the award.  All nominees who complete their nomination will receive a Certificate of Nomination.
  • 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.
  • Any nominee who is named a winner for Hand to Hold’s For the Love of Babies Awards will be ineligible to receive a NICU Heroes Award.
  • The two (2) grand prize winners per year will receive: 1) a NICU Hero Award certificate and trophy, 2) a $2,500 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 current 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, the winner and the winner’s hospital. If the award winner is currently employed at the same hospital where he/she delivered care to the nominating family, then the award ceremony will take place at that hospital. If the award winner is no longer employed at the same hospital where he/she delivered care to the nominating family, then Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition will work together with the award winner, his/her current hospital and his/her previous hospital where care was delivered to the nominating family, and together determine the best location for the event, taking into account work schedules, travel considerations, and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • All finalist hospitals will be contacted to ensure an in-hospital award presentation can be held at their hospital at a mutually agreed-upon date. A hospital’s decision to decline hosting an event may or may not affect the final choice of winner.
  • The winner’s charitable 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 blog, social media, and in marketing materials, internal communications, annual reports, etc.  By submitting a nomination, or by submitting additional information as a nominee, 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.
  • Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition reserve the right to make all final decisions in terms of the winners.
  • Unless they choose to opt out on their submissions, nominators and nominees may receive information and materials from Hand to Hold and/or Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Hand to Hold is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit NICU and bereaved parent support organization. To learn more about Hand to Hold, visit www.handtohold.org 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 www.MeadJohnson.com.
  • Please direct questions and concerns to Contessa Weinheimer, at contessa [at] handtohold [dot] org or 855-H2H-NICU x5.

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