Las Palmas Medical Center will host its annual neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) reunion this month for families of children who spent time in the NICU. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Zoo Circus Party Hall.

Due to the intense nature of the care provided for babies in the NICU and the length of a typical stay, doctors and nurses often form lifelong relationships with their patients, and the reunion allows families to be reunited with nursing staff and doctors.

Arleen Casarez-Aguilar, NICU director at Las Palmas Medical Center, says many graduates spend weeks, sometimes even months in the NICU, so the reunion is especially meaningful for the families and NICU staff.

“We look forward to this event each year as it allows us to catch up with our NICU graduates and their families,” Casarez-Aguilar said. “We love to see the growth and progress our graduates have made since their time in the NICU, and this event allows us to stay connected with them.”

A large number of NICU graduates are expected to attend this year’s reunion, which will feature kids activities and fun for the whole family. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.