June 15, 2019
When the first baby was born at Saint Luke’s East Hospital in February of 2006, it represented the first baby delivered in Lee’s Summit in 60 years. Since that time, the doctors and labor and delivery nurses haven’t had much time to rest as they helped moms from 54 counties in 20 different states welcome brand new bundles of joy to their expanding families.
As the hospital approached the 20K milestone, the entire hospital wanted to do something truly special to recognize and celebrate this birth.
A billboard on Hwys. 470 and 291 with a running tally of babies born counting up to 20K.
A contest for the community where people could guess the baby’s birthday and gender and be entered to win a $250 gift card to local businesses in downtown Lee’s Summit.
Staff got in the spirit wearing “Team Boy” or “Team Girl” stickers based on what they thought the gender of our 20K baby would be.
Members of the community engaged and got into the excitement on Facebook – posting and sharing photos of their babies who had been born at Saint Luke’s East and recognizing their doctors and labor and delivery nurses.
On June 11, Dr. Rocco Florio delivered sweet baby Nevaeh who officially became the 20,000th baby delivered at Saint Luke’s East Hospital.
On June 12, Saint Luke’s East celebrated with a hospital wide birthday party with cake, cupcakes and cookies donated by Lee’s Summit bakeries, Saint Luke’s leadership presented mom with an enormous gift basket filled with goodies and a special 20K commemorative swaddle for baby and the entire hospital will be lit pink at night for a week to celebrate Nevaeh’s arrival.