Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold Looking for "NICU Heroes"
Organizations Launch Award Recognizing Outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Professionals
GLENVIEW, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mead Johnson Nutrition (NYS: MJN) , a leading provider of pediatric nutrition products, and Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) parent support organization, are rolling out the red carpet to recognize health care professionals who have delivered exemplary care to infants in NICUs with the creation of the NICU Heroes Award.
During the nomination period that ends May 27, 2013, parents and guardians can share stories highlighting the exemplary care families and their children received from NICU staffs throughout the United States. They can use the easy-to-complete nomination form at www.handtohold.org/hero.
One winning nominee, chosen by an independent panel of NICU health care professionals and parent-leaders of nonprofit premature support organizations, will receive:
a trophy and certificate, presented at the winner's hospital;
a $2,500 donation in their honor to the pediatric healthcare charity of their choice*; and
a one-year subscription to the Hand to Hold Resource Library for the winner's hospital.
"Mead Johnson Nutrition is very pleased to partner with Hand to Hold - an organization that is so supportive of parents in stressful circumstances - to present the first-ever NICU Heroes Award," said Ivonne Monteagudo, Senior Vice President, North America and Global Marketing, Mead Johnson Nutrition. "As an infant nutrition company committed to creating science-based products that nourish the world's children for the best start in life, Mead Johnson welcomes the chance to recognize the outstanding healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to these youngest and most fragile of patients and perform heroics every day in NICUs across the country."
"NICU heroes understand that in order for babies to thrive, they must have smart, informed parents who are capable of meeting their child's needs after discharge," explained Kelli Kelley, Founder and Executive Director, Hand to Hold and mother of two preemies. "We are grateful for the NICU heroes who reach beyond their job descriptions to provide comfort and understanding, words of encouragement and action when families need them the most."
Only one NICU healthcare provider will be named the 2013 NICU Hero, but all nominees will receive a certificate of appreciation and a copy of the parent essay nominating them.
Parents and guardians of children admitted to any NICU can submit nominations online at www.handtohold.org/hero through May 27, 2013. Children admitted to the NICU need not have been born prematurely, do not have to be a current NICU patient, and may be any age.
* Certain limitations may apply
About Mead Johnson Nutrition
Mead Johnson, a global leader in pediatric nutrition, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes more than 70 products in over 50 markets worldwide. The company's mission is to nourish the world's children for the best start in life. The Mead Johnson name has been associated with science-based pediatric nutrition products for over 100 years. The company's "Enfa" family of brands, including Enfamil®infant formula, is the world's leading brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. For more information, go towww.meadjohnson.com.
About Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold is a community-based, national support program for parents of preemies, babies born with a special health care need and those who have experienced loss due to these or other complications. The nonprofit organization's vision is to enable a network of families to offer support, comfort and understanding to one another, and to provide them with knowledge, information and resources to ensure the best outcome for their children and family. For more information, go towww.handtohold.org.
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