Saint Anthony Hospital has pitter-patter of little feet – literally! Over 1800...

Saint Anthony Hospital has pitter-patter of little feet – literally! Over 1800 births in 2003 and new state-of-the-art operating suites unveiled



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Chicago, IL.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 30, 2003–Eight moms-to-be are “waiting” for a New Year “delivery” at Saint Anthony Hospital. The hospital averages 170 births a month and 5 – 6 deliveries a day. The staff, under the supervision of Rosemary F. Meganck, APN, CNM, and Director, of Women’ s Services is anxiously awaiting the deliveries and prepared for a 2004 New Year’s Eve, day or weekend arrival.

Saint Anthony opened its new state-of-the-art operating suites early in December. Like anxious parents-to-be, they have planned for the future. Saint Anthony Hospital is known for new arrivals, with over 1800 births taking place in 2003 and at least 2000 planned for 2004. According to Ms. Meganck, “births occur equally during the week and at all times of the day. The busiest months in the Midwest are July and October and more boys that girls are born. The average baby weighs 7 lbs and more than 90% of babies go home within a 48-hour span.”

“The new operating suites are another milestone Saint Anthony Hospital takes in making room for the future by providing the most up-to-date technology to significantly enhance our surgical capacities and to better serve the residents of Pilsen/Little Village and surrounding communities,” states Mark Isaily, Director of Surgery. The funding for these improvements was accomplished through collaborative efforts of State of Illinois Senators Emil Jones and Tony Munoz.

“This is another example of Saint Anthony’s well established and unique ability to create appropriate partnerships to bring necessary capital resources to communities most in need of medical services”, said Senator Tony Munoz. “We value these vital and crucial initiatives,” stated Munoz.

The hospital is always in the “at-ready” mode and plans ahead for all blessed events. Located at 2875 West 19th Street on Chicago’s Westside, the hospital has state-of-the-art labor and delivery rooms with a Level II neonatal nursery. Specialized teams of obstetricians, midwives and family practitioners are prepared for delivery and comfortable caring for the newborns. Bilingual staff and classes are provided daily to assure that new parents are prepared. Family involvement and bonding is the goal during the delivery process and rooming in is encouraged. Saint Anthony has a partnership with Stroger Hospital for management of high-risk patients. Saint Anthony offers a 5-week prenatal education program at community locations for further education.

“We are extremely proud of this significant accomplishment and continue to see Saint Anthony Hospital leadership in bringing quality services and providing the warm, friendly and compassionate care that has been part of our 107 year history in the community” said Kathleen DeVine, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Anthony Hospital.

For over 100 years, physicians and staff of Saint Anthony Hospital have provided medical care, social services, and community outreach programs to Chicago’s underserved communities. Saint Anthony provides a full continuum of care – acute, primary, specialty, and rehabilitation, to meet the needs of communities and the patients we serve. For more information visit http://www.saintanthonyhospital.org or call 773/484-1000. Saint Anthony Hospital is located in the Pilsen/Little Village communities and is part of the Ascension Health System, which is the largest Catholic, and nonprofit health system in the United States.

Media Note:

Staff on call to talk to media: Tim McCormick VP pager 312/707-2003 Rosemary F. Meganck, APN, CNM Director of Women’s Services 312/707-0612

For more information contact Jane Canepa/The Eventors 312/217-JANE (5263) or 312/944-6667

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CONTACT:

The Eventors

Jane Canepa, 312/217-JANE (5263)

or

Saint Anthony Hospital

Tim McCormick, VP pager 312/707-2003

Saint Anthony Hospital has pitter-patter of little feet – literally! Over 1800 births in 2003 and new state-of-the-art operating suites unveiled