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St. Mary’s nurse honored as finalist in NICU Heroes Awards

October 20, 2014
Sorrentino Natalie Bella baby web

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO – Natalie Sorrentino, RN, BSN, a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital has been honored as a finalist in the Second Annual NICU Heroes Awards presented by Mead Johnson and Hand to Hold, a national, nonprofit NICU parent support organization. The awards recognize outstanding NICU health care professionals each year for their compassion, courage and perseverance in improving outcomes for medically fragile babies and their entire families.

Families from 30 states nominated neonatal nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who helped make a difference for their preterm or medically fragile newborns.

Sorrentino, a nurse in St. Mary’s NICU for the past nine years, was one of only six finalists selected nationally. She was nominated by Becky Price of Grand Junction whose daughter Bella Grace, born in December 2011, arrived early with numerous life-threatening health problems. She was cared for in St. Mary’s neonatal intensive care unit for approximately three months.

In her nomination Price said, “Natalie is an amazing person who magnifies what it means to be a nurse.  She was so kind and compassionate while caring for our daughter.  … Natalie is phenomenal at what she does and continually goes above and beyond to care for these little miracles and their families.”Sorrentino Natalie Bella older web

2014 NICU Hero winners Stephanie Horecky Hall, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Medical University of South Carolina, and Stewart Lawrence, M.D., of Mountain States Neonatology, in Boise, were announced and celebrated at NICU Heroes Awards ceremonies in late September.

To learn more go to: http://handtohold.org/news/nicu-heroes/nicu-heroes-award-winners/

Media Contact: Deborah Dawes, 970-298-2196, deborah.dawes@sclhs.net

Top photo: Natalie Sorrentino, RN, BSN, holds Bella Price weeks after her birth at St. Mary’s Medical Center in 2011. Natalie was nominated by Bella’s mother, Becky Price of Grand Junction, for the care she provided Bella during her 101 day NICU stay.

Bottom photo: Natalie and Bella, St. Mary's NICU Reunion, 2014.