Special Care for an Early Arrival When Ruston couple Meghan and James Garbarino were preparing for the arrival of their third child, choosing an area neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) wasn’t something they considered.


When baby Graham decided to arrive early on January 15, 2015, the Garbarinos were glad CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier was the top recommendation. “I was 30 weeks along when Graham was born at a different hospital,” Meghan recalls. “He needed to be moved to a NICU, but we weren’t sure where to go. Our nurses mentioned CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier, and we knew it was a faith-based hospital. Faith is important to us, so that’s where he went.”

Graham was in CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier’s level III NICU until the end of March recovering from the trauma of a difficult birth and letting his lungs and other vital systems finish developing. The family became a fixture at the hospital, developing close relationships with the nurses and doctors who cared for Graham.

“The experience, the staff and the personal attention we received during our time at the NICU could not be matched at other places,” Meghan says. “The staff is like a family. They have a very clear passion for what they do. It’s not just a job. The amazing way they took care of our entire family’s physical and emotional needs says it all.”

Today, Graham is an extremely happy one-year-old who is beloved by his big sisters.