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Birth of Madero infant lifts St. Joseph’s to 1,000-baby milestone

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St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center

Birth of Madero infant lifts St. Joseph’s to 1,000-baby milestone

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Healthcare professionals at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center, the second oldest hospital in Arkansas, have been providing care for area residents since 1888.

Along the way, many milestones have been reached in St. Joseph’s storied healthcare history, including the recent birth of 7 pound, 3 ounce Bryan Madero, the son of Leticia Madero and Carlos Garcia. Heritage Physician Group, P.A. obstetrician-gynecologist Jaime Cardenas, M.D., delivered the infant boy at 8:52 a.m. on Dec. 18 to push the Obstetrics Unit’s yearly total to 1,000 deliveries for the first time in St. Joseph’s history. This year’s record number is projected to wind up at approximately 1,020, which will eclipse last year’s record total of 960 by at least 60 births.

“It’s always great to reach new milestones, but it is even more special to celebrate the gift of life during this Christmas season,” said Tim Johnsen, St. Joseph’s Chief Operating Officer. “My congratulations go out to the young family involved in our 1,000th birth, and the credit for this year’s record total goes to the Obstetrics Unit nursing staff and its expertise and dedication. We also truly appreciate Dr. Cardenas and his physician partners for the expert leadership and medical direction they provide to our services.”

Kim Gillham, RN, BSN, St. Joseph’s Executive Director of Inpatient Services, concurred.

“Thanks to our commitment to women and children’s health, we have developed an exceptional reputation as the premier facility for mother and baby services,” Gillham said. “The physicians are not only dedicated to their patients, but to the nurses they work with. I believe that gives the patients a feeling of comfort, and because of that I believe we will continue to see increases in our number of yearly births.”

Johnsen, with assistance from Gillham, Dr. Cardenas and Obstetrics Unit Manager Lisa Frazier, RN, BSN, presented Miss Madero, Mr. Garcia and their son with a commemorative plaque, gift basket and gift card for a year’s supply of diapers and formula.

“We had a truly wonderful experience at St. Joseph’s,” said Miss Madero, who also took advantage of prenatal services offered by the Mercy Pregnancy Care Clinic at St. Joseph’s Mercy Women’s Center. “The nurses were all very good and Dr. Cardenas was wonderful. We were also very, very happy and excited our son was the 1,000th baby delivered this year, and we offer many, many thanks to St. Joseph’s for the generosity extended to us.”

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