After a long night of making deliveries, Santa made one last stop at St. Peter’s Hospital on Christmas Day before heading back to the North Pole. Old St. Nick visited happy moms and families – and brought a gift for their newest arrivals – in their hospital rooms at the St. Peter’s Hospital Hearst Family Center. Santa stopped in to see Gabriel Surgick, who was born earlier that morning on Christmas Day, as well as Parker Morales (born on Christmas Eve), and Briale Dunn (born December 23).
Santa made sure to get his flu vaccination before leaving the North Pole and making his rounds, thus providing extra protection to the newborns and their mothers and complying with state regulations requiring vaccination of health care personnel.
St. Peter’s Hospital, an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners, is the first hospital in the Capital Region to earn the international “Baby-Friendly” designation. It is one of only three hospitals in Upstate New York and among 387 hospitals and birth center across the United States to hold the Baby-Friendly designation.
On December 17, St. Peter’s set a new hospital record with the delivery of the 3,000th baby born at St. Peter’s Hospital during 2019. That’s the largest number of babies ever delivered in one year at the hospital, and is also believed to be the largest number of deliveries in one year at any facility in the Capital Region.
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