SEATTLE, Jan. 6, 2010 – Were you born at Swedish 100 years ago? If so, you could be the 'oldest baby' born at the medical center, and if you are, the nurses and doctors at Swedish want to meet you.
Since opening its doors in 1910, approximately 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish – in fact more babies are born at Swedish each year than at any other medical center in Washington state. Last year alone, there were more than 7,400 born between Swedish's First Hill and Ballard campuses. Swedish also has a best-in-class Perinatal Medicine program and is one of just a handful of Level-III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state.
In honor of its 100-year-old baby-birthing crown, today Swedish launched its search for the oldest living person born at any birthing center now part of Swedish Health Services, including Swedish Hospital (Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Cherry Hill), Doctors Hospital, Seattle General Hospital, Ballard General Hospital and Providence Seattle Medical Center.
As the medical center gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary, it's Swedish's hope that the 'oldest baby' will be the medical center's 'spokes-baby' for the year. Swedish's 'spokes-baby' will be featured in a full online profile as well as a TV/Web commercial.
In celebration of its own 100-year birthday, Swedish will honor Swedish-born babies of all ages by encouraging involvement in its 'I'm a Swedish Baby' campaign, which already has a strong presence on Facebook. In addition, babies born at Swedish in 2010 will receive a commemorative 100th-anniversary clothing outfit.
"There are more than 7,000 babies born at Swedish each year," said Cal Knight, Swedish's president and chief operating officer. "Over time, those numbers add up. We want to reconnect with all our babies, of all ages, so that we can continue to tell a very rich story of the Swedish birthing experience."
In exchange for the 'spokes-baby's' services, Swedish has teamed up with Hotel 1000 Seattle to offer the winner a two-night prize package in downtown Seattle. The prize package includes a two-night stay in the hotel's Grande Luxe Parlor Suite, a round of ‘virtual golf' and a taste of one of the hotel's signature health beverages – 'The Fountain of Youth,' a refreshing mixture of Aloe Vera, cranberry juice and lime sour.
If you think you are, or might know, the eldest living person born at Swedish, contact Sarah Haeger at 206-343-1543, firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a Tweet online at @Swedish. The Swedish 'spokes-baby' must come forward by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. (Seattle time) to have a chance of winning the prize.
Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health-care provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard), a freestanding emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services and Swedish Physicians – a network of 14 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 neurological care, cardiovascular care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.
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