When Lockport resident Corey Anderson heard the cries of her newborn son, she was so excited to become a mother and thrilled to have her baby be the first infant born at the new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Baby James Xavier was born at 7:17 p.m. on February 26 and weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Baby James is the first child of Jim and Corey Anderson. He was delivered by Nicole Gress, M.D., obstetrics & gynecology physician with Partners in Obstetrics & Women’s Health.
“We are excited that our son, James’, birth will always be a special story, since he has such a unique birthday as he was the first baby born at the new Silver Cross Hospital,” said mom, Corey Anderson.
To honor the first baby born at the new campus, baby James received five gift baskets from the Birthing Center staff, Childerguild, Johnson&Johnson, The New Lenox Patch and the Joliet Slammers baseball team. The team also gave the first newborn Slammers baseball tickets for the 2012 season and a night in a private suite.
Corey Anderson was also excited to have her baby in the new Labor and Deliver Suites in the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Services Birthing Center. “The environment is so comfortable – the color of the rooms and furnishings are so soothing, and the nursing care is so great,” said Anderson. “I couldn’t be happier with the experience my baby and I have had here at the new hospital.”
Silver Cross has brought together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make the birthing experience all the more memorable. The new Birthing Center at the New Lenox Hospital has 12 luxurious birthing suites designed for labor, delivery and recovery so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of 30 private mother-baby suites. Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock. Furthermore, a variety of pain relief methods will be available 24 hours a day provided by an anesthesiologist. And for deliveries requiring surgery, there are two complete cesarean suites.Children’s Memorial neonatologists and pediatric hospitalist will continue to be onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Children’s pediatric cardiologists are also available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross.The new Birthing Center has a typical nursery as well as a Level 2 skilled infant care nursery with specialized staff. State-of-the-art medical equipment is also set up and ready inside each Birthing Suite’s cabinetry, if needed.
“As a one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with a safe environment,” says Marilyn Paollela, Director of Maternal/Child Services at Silver Cross. “In our new hospital, we will have a state-of-the art infant security system, secured entrances to the Birthing Center and a reception desk on the unit to assist families and give parents peace of mind.”
The experienced medical team at Silver Cross is on alert to help at any time. Upon admission, patients will be partnered with a specially trained obstetrical nurse certified in electronic fetal monitoring who’ll assist throughout delivery. The new unit also features mother/baby couplet care, which means that the same experienced nurse will care for both mother and baby until it is time to go home. “This ensures continuity in care and improved communication between the patient, family, nursing staff and physicians,” says Marilyn. Silver Cross’ dedicated nursing team will continue to offer personal counseling and education before, during and after patients give birth. Silver Cross also has five internationally-certified lactation consultants available for support to new moms who choose to breastfeed their babies. For a referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist or pediatrician on staff at Silver Cross, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL.