SMH NICU Celebrates Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

Monday, May 15, 2023

The only Level III intensive care nursery in the area, the NICU at SMH-Sarasota has cared for critically ill newborns and the smallest premature babies for more than 30 years. Among those celebrating Kangaroo Care Awareness Day at SMH today are Katie and Stephen, new parents to premature twins Hunter and Hadley, who were born at just 28 weeks. The couple from Palmetto are using and seeing the benefits of skin-to-skin contact as they partner with the SMH team caring for their children in the NICU.

About Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1 million patient visits each year across its 2 hospital campuses, free-standing ER, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and network of outpatient and urgent care centers. Its flagship 901-bed Sarasota hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and comprehensive network of outpatient services. In November 2021, the public health system opened a second acute-care hospital, SMH-Venice, to serve the growing south Sarasota County region and the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute to expand and improve cancer care in the community. For more information, visit