SEATTLE, Jan. 1, 2005 – Swedish Medical Center/First Hill Campus welcomed its first baby – make that babies … as in twins – of 2005 early this morning. Elisa and Mark Illing of Seattle gave birth to a 5 lb., 14 oz. baby boy at 12:22 a.m. and a 4 lb., 3.2 oz. baby girl at 12:24 a.m. The twins, who are the Illing's first children, were delivered via C-section by Swedish-affiliated OB/GYN Dale Reisner, M.D.
In celebration of the twin's timely arrival, the Swedish/First Hill Campus volunteer-run Gift Shop presented the Illing's with two congratulatory gift baskets full of newborn keepsake mementos. In addition to the gift baskets from Swedish, the Illing's were given a movie card from Blockbuster Video for 23 free rentals. Knowing it's OK to be a little late, Blockbuster also donated a gift basket – complete with a DVD player and a movie card for 56 free video rentals – to the family who welcomed the second baby of the New Year at Swedish/First Hill.
The Women and Children's Services program at Swedish consists of full-service childbirth centers at the medical center's First Hill and Ballard campuses, as well as a Level-III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level-II Infant Special Care Unit and a Perinatal Medicine program at the First Hill campus. Swedish also provides the most comprehensive care. In fact, it is the only hospital in the region where a woman with a high-risk pregnancy can be monitored, deliver her baby, utilize a NICU and have immediate access to surgery for the baby, if needed. For these reasons, Swedish has long been considered the region's premiere baby hospital. Each year, more than 7,200 babies are born between Swedish's First Hill and Ballard campuses, which is more than at any other medical center in Washington state.
Swedish Medical Center is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Pacific Northwest. It is comprised of three hospital campuses (First Hill, Providence and Ballard), Swedish Home Care Services and Swedish Physicians – a network of 11 primary-care clinics. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, neurological care, sleep medicine, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org
- To read the transcript of a story that KIRO Television aired about this on Jan. 2, click here.