St. Luke’s Cornwall NICU Celebrates Neonatal Birthdays
Newburgh – The Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit hosted its 22nd Annual NICU Graduate Birthday Party on Saturday, July 13 at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Former patients, families, friends and MSLC staff gathered to celebrate those of all ages born in the NICU since its inception in 1997.
“We look forward to this special celebration every year,” said Dr. Prabhakar Kocherlakota, affectionately known as Dr. KP, who has been working in the Elaine Kaplan NICU since its beginning. “It is incredibly fulfilling seeing the children born in our NICU continuing to grow and develop into happy and healthy young adults. We are committed to upholding the family bonds we have established long ago and although they may have left our hospital, they haven’t left our hearts.”
The food, entertainment and venue were generously donated by local businesses and community members including: Adams Fairacre Farms, Artic Glacier, Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Cappa Podiatry, Cosimo’s on Union, DJ Echo, Melyssa DeLorenzo, The Dabroski Family, Pat Garrison, Girl Scout Troop 60174 of Newburgh, Hannaford of Walden, Leo’s Pizzeria, March of Dimes, Maternal Infant Services Network, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Mobile Life Support Services, MSLC Food and Nutrition Department, Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Newburgh Fire Department, Pete Belford Provisions, Pete’s Hot Dogs, Pureleaf, Rockland Bakery, St. Luke’s Cornwall Auxiliary, Stewart’s Shops and Target of Newburgh.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr. William Kaplan and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center for hosting the event,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, MSLC President and CEO. “Thank you to our generous donors, vendors, and MSLC staff for making the event possible.” (Photos Provided)
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Caption 1: Dr. KP pictured with families at the annual party