Cy-Fair Holds First NICU Reunion 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Monday, 23 November 2009 

On October 24th, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital hosted a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Reunion to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Previously a Level II NICU, Cy-Fair Hospital renovated and expanded in 2008 to become the only Level III NICU in the Cy-Fair area.

“The NICU Reunion was such a rewarding event for all nurses because they had an opportunity to see the fruit of their intense labor. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with parents and to see what each child’s journey has been since they left our unit,” said Sandra Chaveleh, nurse manager of the NICU.  “Nurses, nurse practitioners, speech therapists, and physicians had the opportunity to see how the patients have grown.  Parents were surprised to see that our nurses remembered each patient by their first name and not by their illness.  I believe that our unique approach for each patient is the key to providing excellent care.”

Over 200 people were present to celebrate with festivities including a balloon-artist clown, family photographer, moonwalk, face painting, various games, food and refreshments, a pumpkin patch, and a DJ.  A fire truck from the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department was even on hand to help the staff and past patients celebrate.

“Cullen enjoyed going back to the NICU Reunion festival.  He saw all of his nurses and he and his brother enjoyed the Cy-Fair fire truck, clowns, games, and cotton candy,” said Shay McGarr, whose sons Cullen and Brady were both patients of the NICU.  “We can’t thank you enough for taking care of our two boys!  Cy-Fair’s Level III NICU is a phenomenal addition to Cy-Fair Hospital and one of the best kept secrets in the Northwest.   Hopefully, the secret is out now!”  

Cy-Fair Hospital has been serving the Cy-Fair community for over 26 years.  The hospital has received numerous awards for maternity care, including the 2009/2010 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ and a five-star rating for maternity care six years in a row from HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company.

For more information on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s Women’s Health Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or to take a virtual tour of the facility, visit