Emmett’s Place Paint the Town at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Join us at 6 p.m. on November 5, 2022, for Emmett’s Place Night at the Museum, a cocktail party filled with music, dancing and exploration just for adults! Our event will be held at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in support Emmett’s Place, which is located just steps from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Miami Valley Hospital.


The birth of a premature baby who is unable to go home after birth will impact one in 10 parents and grandparents, and with a daily average of 45 infants in the NICU on any given day, the impact is great. Your generosity helps to ensure Emmett’s Place will continue to provide support to those who need it most.

Emmett’s Place is an area of respite and hospitality for the immediate family members of newborn infants who are hospitalized in the NICU, and for hospitalized pregnant women and their families experiencing a longer than usual hospitalization. It provides families with an area to be together during a hospital stay and helps to decrease the stress families face as they look for ways to navigate home, school and work life while trying to spend time with their new infant. In addition, families going through this shared experience have found encouragement and reassurance while interacting with one another in Emmett’s Place.

Emmett’s Place was named in memory of Dr. Derek and Emily Sorensen’s infant son, Emmett Mikael Sorensen. After a month-long hospital stay, the Sorensens brought the idea of a family space to the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation to help ensure that Emmett’s brief life would have a long-lasting, positive impact on other NICU families.  Community contributions through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation are vital in keeping Emmett’s Place available for our NICU infants and their families, and we cannot thank you enough.

View the 2021 Event


Thanks to Our Generous 2022 Sponsors!

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The Emmett’s Place Committee:
Dr. Derek and Emily Sorensen – Chairs
Steve and Sarah Hankins – Co-Chairs
Dr. Marc and Kim Belcastro
Beth Brown
Erin Covey
Kristi Evans
Stacy and Mark Gazdik
Todd and Lisa Kelchner
Jenny Lewis
Anne McDevitt
Erin Ritchey
Julie Scanlan


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