Nominate a NICU Professional for the NICU Hero Award

September 14, 2022

Hand to Hold invites all NICU parents to nominate a special NICU Hero and celebrate how they made a difference in their NICU journey.

Hand to Hold NICU Hero Award

NICU parents are invited to nominate NICU professionals for Hand to Hold’s NICU Hero Award, to be celebrated at the 2022 National Hand to Hold NICU Community Conference.

Hand to Hold is thrilled to announce a new way to celebrate the NICU heroes in our lives with the NICU Hero Award. This award will honor a NICU nurse, neonatologist, social worker or other NICU professional currently supporting parents in a NICU.

Nominations will take place September 14 – 21 with voting from September 23 – 30.

Hand to Hold invites all NICU parents to nominate a special NICU Hero and celebrate how they made a difference in their NICU journey.


What makes someone a candidate for the NICU Hero Award?

Nominees should exemplify compassion and kindness while providing excellent medical care. They have a positive impact on the families in their unit while caring for their fragile babies.

The winning NICU Hero will be honored, celebrated and recognized by a national and global virtual audience of NICU parents and professionals at the 2022 Hand to Hold National NICU Community Conference which takes place November 2-4, 2022. The winner will also enjoy a generous gift card for self care, wellness and relaxation at their favorite local spa, beauty salon or wellness studio.

Nominations are open from September 14 – 21 and voting will run from September 23 – 30. Voting is open to the public and those who submit a nomination are encouraged to share it with friends, families and colleagues on social media.

“As a champion for NICU parents since 2011, Hand to Hold knows that compassionate and equitable care builds trust, calms anxiety and can improve outcomes for families,” said Kelli Kelley, Hand to Hold Founder and CEO. “We’re honored to recognize NICU Heroes from across the country and celebrate them on a national stage.”


Dates to remember:

  • Nominations: September 14 – 21
  • Voting: September 23 – 30

About Hand to Hold®

Hand to Hold® is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to providing personalized emotional support, education and community to parents who have had children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or the loss of a baby.  Hand to Hold is removing barriers for support by growing a hybrid model of in-person and virtual support in service to their mission. Support is provided in English or Spanish to parents at no cost to families and all support is designed with the emotional, physical and social needs of the NICU parent.  For more information, visit  Hand to