The Lehigh Valley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is celebrating two twenty year mile stones in 2020.
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the NICU moving from 17th Street to Cedar Crest when the Jaindl Family Pavilion was dedicated back in 2000. It had been at the 17th Street location since the 1970's . So it has now been at each location for 20 years.
On Wednsday staff celebrated the milestone- and one nurse is celebrating her own milestone of working in the unit for 40 years.
"From the time you're at a delivery and see that baby born, it's such a miracle and then when you help them get home to their families and their families are so over joyed you just feel so satisfied," said Susan Clark.
Baby Sophia was born 16 weeks early, at just one pound six ounces. Her family from New Tripoli say the NICU staff has gone above and beyond in helping the little one get home.
"They almost grow to become family, we have a lot of nurses who are regulars with Sophia but even the ones who haven't taken care of her know Sophia and they know her history," said Rebekka Snider.
Little Sophia is now up to almost six pounds. Her mom Rebekka says they will hopefully be heading home sometime in February.