The Women's Hospital at Saddleback
Memorial Medical Center welcomed the first baby born in its 25th
anniversary year on January 1, 2013, at 3:28 AM. Baby girl Skylar Eliza
Allen was born to parents Kanita and Terry Allen, who reside in Aliso
Viejo. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz and measures 19.02 inches.
The most recent addition to the Allen family, Skylar joins sister Kyla
Allen, age 7, and brother Ryder Allen, age 5, who were also born at The
Women's Hospital at Saddleback Memorial.
"Delivering our first baby of the New Year is always an exciting event
for our hospital, and Skylar's arrival is especially thrilling because
she is the first birth of our 25th anniversary year," said
Steve Geidt, Saddleback Memorial's CEO.
The Women's Hospital at Saddleback Memorial was founded in 1988 to
provide sophisticated obstetrics and maternity services to the growing
community in South Orange County. Since its opening, more than 50,000
babies have been born at the facility.
At a time when a women's hospital was a new idea, Saddleback Memorial's
facility was the first hospital in the area to have a Level 3 neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU), and to have perinatologists and
anesthesiologists available 24 hours a day for mothers who were giving
birth. It was also one of the first hospitals in the nation to have the
capability for women to experience labor, delivery, recovery and
post-partum care in one room, helping families to bond and to keep their
babies in their rooms instead of in a separate nursery.
"Our goal in designing The Women's Hospital was to create the perfect
place to have ababy," noted Geidt. "Because we started from the ground
up in our planning, we were able to incorporate many new features that
are still distinctive to our hospital, and to design the facility and
our programs so that the experience of giving birth is all about the
mothers, the babies, and their families."
Over the years, the hospital's staff has gained extensive experience in
the delivery of multiple births - twins, triplets, quadruplets and
quintuplets. The hospital has also been a pioneer in supporting births
by surrogate moms, so that couples who cannot have children on their own
can become a family through this option. The hospital's experienced
staff currently offers a wide range of prenatal classes including a
"Diabetes during Pregnancy" program.
"Since we opened, we have continued to update and refine our services to
provide a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment for our patients,"
said David Lagrew, M.D., a noted perinatologist who served as medical
director of The Women's Hospital for two decades. "Our commitment to
providing the best possible experience for our patients and their
families-while using state-of-the-art technology in a family setting-has
put us at the forefront of women's healthcare today."
In 2013, the Women's Hospital will continue to celebrate its 25th
anniversary with special events and programs and a theme of "Special
Deliveries. Every Day. For 25 Years." Anniversary events will be held
around the actual date that the hospital opened, in early May.
For additional information about The Women's Hospital at Saddleback
Memorial, visit memorialcare.org/saddlebackbaby.
About Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
With campuses in Laguna Hills and San Clemente, Saddleback Memorial
provides exceptional medical expertise across a range of treatment areas
including cancer, stroke, and cardiac care. Innovations like robotic
surgery, low dose CT, and dedicated breast MRI set us apart. In
addition, The Women's Hospital at Saddleback Memorial - Laguna Hills
offers special comfort and care to new mothers and their babies. A proud
member of the MemorialCare Health System and named Best Regional
Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years, Saddleback
Memorial continues to provide comprehensive care for patients at every
stage of their lives. For more information, go to www.memorialcare.org/saddleback.
About MemorialCare Health System
MemorialCare Health System is a not-for profit, integrated delivery
system that includes five top hospitals - Long Beach Memorial, Miller
Children's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange
Coast Memorial, and Saddleback Memorial; three medical groups -
MemorialCare Medical Group, Memorial Prompt Care, and Specialty
Physicians of Long Beach; an Independent Practice Association (IPA)
Greater Newport Physicians; MemorialCare HealthExpress retail clinics;
and numerous outpatient health centers throughout the Southland. For
more information, go to www.memorialcare.org.
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