NICU

Essentia Health Unveils New NICU, Women’s and Children’s Unit

Patients are set to move in Monday

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health unveils its new $4.1 million NICU and Women’s and Children’s Unit. One doctor at Essentia had twins born prematurely three years ago, and seeing the new unit unveiled was especially meaningful for her. “The first time I came down, we’ve known this project was coming, so I was able to see when it was just…

Sister Sets Up Lemonade Stand to Raise Money for Baby Brother’s Medical Bills

Three month old Zephyr was born with eleven different diagnoses

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 10-year-old sister is doing all she can to help her baby brother who’s in the hospital fighting for his life. Phoenix Gilmore set up a lemonade stand to help with the cost of her brother’s medical bills. Three–month–old Zephyr was born with eleven different diagnoses, and doctors say cases like his are rare. He has trouble breathing…

NICU Nurses Reunite With Babies Who Left the Hospital One Year Later

This is the second year Essentia has held the reunion

  FARGO, N.D. — Most parents only have one child in Essentia’s NICU. But for the Vanbruggen’s, giving birth at only 33 weeks into the pregnancy meant putting triplets into intensive care. “They had to spend about a month in the NICU mainly just learning how to drink and how to keep themselves warm and kind of basic things that full–term…

Fargo Force Players Deliver Teddy Bears to Kids in Essentia & Sanford

Over 500 teddy bears were collected from the annual teddy bear toss game

FARGO, N.D. — Over 500 teddy bears collected from the Fargo Force’s annual teddy bear toss game were delivered to babies at the Essentia NICU and kids at the Sanford Children’s Hospital. Tiffany Hovelson’s twins have been in the NICU for almost three months. She says it’s really meaningful that Fargo Force players came to deliver teddy bears. “That’s really cute,…

Sixth Annual “Go Far Woman” Run Brings Out Hundreds of Runners

Proceeds from the run go towards the NICU at Essentia Health

FARGO, N.D. — Hundreds of women lined up outside Scheels Arena to take part in the sixth annual “Go Far Woman” run. More than eight hundred women ran in the Half–Marathon, 10K, and 5K races. The event is held in honor of the late Dr. Renee Schwandt, an OB–GYN at Essentia Health who passed away 15 years ago. Her sister, Sue…

Essentia NICU Nurse Gets Surprise Celebration

Vicki Holtan has been a NICU nurse for 40 years

FARGO, N.D. — Vicki Holtan, who’s been a NICU nurse for 40 years, got quite the surprise from her family and co-workers. “We said we’re going to a Redhawks game, we’re at the lake… We said we’re going to take a day away from the lake and go to a Redhawks game, which is probably a little suspicious but she went…

T and T 5K is Giving Back to NICU Nurses Who Have Devoted So Much to the Teberg Family

"It's here. Our small dream is coming true today"

KINDRED, N.D. — Emily and Brian Teberg, a mother and father from Kindred have experienced two of their daughters in the Essentia Health NICU. After years of spending hours upon hours with the nurses, they took a dream and made it a reality. Take a look at how they are giving back to those who have changed their lives. It…

Reconnecting Families and Making New Memories with Kids Who Were Once NICU Patients

Instead of reliving hard memories, the staff is making new ones by inviting the families of past little patients to celebrate their NICU gradations

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a day no parent will ever forget; the day their child was brought into the world. But for some parents, that day was filled with unknowns as their babies were taken into the NICU. Some families are now looking back on those experiences with their healthy, smiling children. For many parents who experienced having a child…

Sanford Opens Breast Milk Donation Center

Excess milk from mothers will go towards babies in NICUs

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford is starting a milk drop–off center for mothers who want to donate excess breast milk. Milk collected at Sanford’s Southpointe Clinic will be sent to a Colorado–based non–profit, which will test and distribute the milk to babies across the country. It will go to infants whose mothers aren’t able to meet the baby’s milk needs. Women who…

Essentia Receives Possible $200,000 Grant for New NICU

The Otto Bremer Trust is raising a dollar-for-dollar match

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health Regional Foundation can receive up to $200,000 from the Otto Bremer Trust for a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Otto Bremer is raising money using a dollar–for–dollar match, and the fundraiser will run through the next year. Community members can help reach the $200,000 goal by attending an “Essentially Yours” event on April 5 at 5…