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Bryan Health raises funds to build Rooftop Garden for NICU families

Bryan-Health-NICU-babies-web.jpgMonique Grotrain stayed at the Bryan NICU with her twins, Cooper and Joslyn, for 63 days.  “The Bryan NICU is a wonderful place for premature babies.  The dark, quiet environment gives them a calm, non-stressful place to grow.  I spent a lot of time in my children’s rooms, with a rigid schedule of feedings and care rotations.  As beneficial as the NICU was for my premature babies, sometimes I needed a break – somewhere to get a breath of fresh air or gather my thoughts before the next care rotation. That’s why she is in favor of a new healing garden that Bryan will create close to the NICU when Phase I of a current campaign is complete. “The NICU healing garden will be the perfect retreat for parents with NICU babies – allowing them to a chance to get some fresh air and sunshine while not being too far from the baby’s bedside.”

The second phase of the NICU campaign includes creating an endowment to supply the latest equipment and programmatic needs to provide the very best care for our tiniest patients.

Bryan’s Sweet Baby Blues is an evening of fine wine and entertainment with acclaimed blues musicians playing to raise proceeds for the healing garden to benefit families of babies receiving care at the Bryan NICU.

Featured Jazz musicians include alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, guitarist Rod Fleeman, both from Kansas City and the local jazz ensemble, the Lightning Bugs.

There will bhealing-garden-rendering.PNGe five nationally renowned vineyards represented at the event profiling their wines.  Each wine will be paired with culinary delights prepared by local chef Kevin Mandigo, from Greta’s Gourmet. The event is Saturday, May 31, 7 to 10 p.m. at Keichel Fine Art, 1208 O street. 

Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling the Bryan Foundation at 402-481-3139.

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