More than 80 local families, whose children began their lives at Sunrise Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), are expected to attend the hospital’s NICU Reunion on Saturday, June 22.

The 72-bed NICU is the largest in the region and the state’s most advanced NICU equipped to treat Nevada’s smallest and sickest babies. Opened in 1974, the Sunrise Children’s Hospital NICU, was the state’s first NICU. Now the NICU cares for nearly 1,000 neonates every year.

It is the only hospital in Nevada to offer Neonatal Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for the tiniest patients with life-threatening heart and/or lung problems, and the only Children’s Hospital to house a pediatric heart program, caring for babies in utero, newborns and babies who need heart surgery. Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers a dedicated 24/7 pediatric and neonatal critical care transport team to quickly bring critically ill babies to the hospital via pediatric ambulance, helicopter or airplane from outlying areas.