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Meet 2014 NICU Hero Neonatologist Dr. Stewart Lawrence

Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition are pleased to award $2,500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of the service and care given by Dr. Stewart Lawrence of Mountain States Neonatology, an affiliate of Pediatrix Medical Group, and who practices at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Lawrence is a true NICU hero and was nominated by NICU parent Sophie Carney after the birth of her twins. (Read her story.)

Dr. Stewart LawrenceWhy are you a neonatologist?

I was first attracted to NICU medicine by the crisis aspects of this unique healthcare, the opportunity to improve an infant’s outcome quickly and decisively.  Over time, however, I have grown to value and appreciate the daily opportunities to avoid unexpected crises and poor outcomes by continually focusing on every aspect of NICU healthcare, from optimal nutrition to helping critically ill babies rest comfortably between necessary care interventions.

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Sophie Carney Nominated Dr. Stewart Lawrence for the 2014 NICU Heroes Award

Sophia and her twins and nurses

As a mother of four healthy, full-term girls ages 2 – 7, Sophie Carney, along with her husband and family, entered a whole new world during her fifth pregnancy.  Pregnant with identical twin girls, Carney received serious news in her second … [Continue reading]

NICU Heroes Award Winner Designates Children’s Cancer Research Fund as her Charity of Choice

MUSC nurse practitioner, Stephanie Horecky Hall, RN, checks on one of her patients in the NICU, Kashmir Jones, who was born two months ago at 26 weeks. -- Photo by Sarah Pack, MUSC Public Relations

2014 NICU Heroes Award Winner Stephanie Horecky Hall is a Board Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Medical University South Carolina. Stephanie chose to donate her $2,500 NICU Heroes Award to the … [Continue reading]

{Professional Insight} 4 Ways to Prepare for Taking Your NICU Baby Home


As a NICU parent, the day your baby comes home from the NICU is the day you’ve been dreaming of. And yet, the truth is that it’s often an overwhelming and scary day. After days or weeks or months of having professional caregivers all day and night, … [Continue reading]

Meet Second Annual NICU Heroes Award Winner Nurse Stephanie Horecky Hall

Stephanie Horecky Hall

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Horecky Hall, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC, is one of two winners of the Second Annual NICU Heroes Award, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold. The awards recognize outstanding NICU health care professionals … [Continue reading]