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NICU Nurse wins First 5 Fresno County Hands-On Hero Award


A champion for our youngest patients, Children’s Hospital Central California’s nurse Kamela Loo is the very first recipient of First 5 Fresno County’s Hands-On Hero Award. Loo received the award during a banquet on Jan. 29.

Loo, who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), was selected from among 30 nominees in the healthcare category for her extraordinary commitment to children ages 0 to 5. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and is a strong advocate for neonates and the staff who care for them.

An exceptional talent, Loo is a senior NICU charge nurse, NICU transport nurse, neonatal nurse practitioner and High Risk Infant Follow-up (HRIF) program nurse practitioner. In HRIF, she screens high-risk infants for delays and provides families with referrals for additional services. Loo worked with the HRIF coordinator to develop standards and procedures for the program. She also helped develop a nurse volunteer program so nurses could reconnect with the families of NICU graduates.

Active in the nursing community, Loo founded and is the president of the Central California Association of Neonatal Nurses. She is also a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Academy of Neonatal Nurses.