Swedish Medical Center seeks oldest Swedish baby

January 12, 2010

By Staff

The Swedish Medical Center is seeking the oldest baby born at its hospital.Since opening its doors in 1910, about 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish Medical Center, more than at any other hospital in Washington.

In honor of its 100-year-old baby-birthing crown, Swedish is searching 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.

Swedish hopes to make the oldest baby the hospital’s “spokesbaby” for the year, which will be featured in a full online profile as well as a Web video.

In addition, Swedish will honor Swedish-born babies of all ages by encouraging involvement in its “I’m a Swedish Baby” campaign, which can be found on Facebook. Babies born at Swedish in 2010 will also receive a commemorative 100th-anniversary clothing outfit.

“There are more than 7,000 babies born at Swedish each year,” said Cal Knight, Swedish’s 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 spokesbaby’s services, Swedish has teamed up with Hotel 1000 Seattle to offer the winner a two-night prize package in downtown Seattle. The 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 oldest living person born at Swedish, contact Sarah Haeger at 206-343-1543 or shaeger@feareygroup.com or send a Tweet online at @Swedish. The Swedish spokesbaby must come forward by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 20 to have a chance of winning the prize.

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