Inspira Celebrates NICU’s 5th Anniversary with a Hoedown-Themed Reunion

Last Edited: Jul 04, 2018 9:35 AM

More than 200 cowboys, cowgirls and their families rounded up at South Vineland Park on Saturday, June 30th, for a good old fashioned hoedown celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Inspira Medical Center Vineland.

NICU graduates from the past five years were reunited with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during their earliest and most fragile stage of life.

The brave little cowboys and cowgirls had a knee-slappin’ good time as they reconnected with the NICU staff while enjoying pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a balloon artist, a photo booth and a barbecue. Frozen drinks, snow cones and a misting station kept everyone cool in the hot temperatures. 

“Events like this are especially enjoyable for our staff to see the true impact of the work they do on a daily basis,” said Janet Davies, VP of Patient Care. “Having a baby in the NICU can be the most stressful time of a parent’s life. Our team often forms special bonds with these families, but they don’t always get to see what happens after these precious babies are released from our care.”   

“All of the doctors and nurses at the Vineland NICU are amazing, and they made us feel right at home. Still to this day, four and half years later, we keep in touch with the doctors and nurses, they mean a lot to us,” said Cara Garrison of Cedarville, whose 4 ½ year old daughter Julianne spent 73 days in the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “They [the NICU team] like to see how everyone is doing down the road, not just in the incubators.”

Inspira Medical Center Vineland’s Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for infants born as early as 28 weeks gestational age. More than 1,500 premature, low birth-weight and critically ill babies have been cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (or Intensive Care Nursery) since it opened five years ago.

For more information about Inspira Health Network, please visit or call 1-800-INSPIRA. 

PICTURED: Saturday, June 30, 2018- Muhammad U. Anwar, M.D., chief of Neonatology, reunites with NICU graduate Scarlett Weber (5, of Vineland) and her mother Cindy during the fifth anniversary celebration of Inspira’s Deborah F. Sager NICU. 



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