More Than 1,200 Newborns Will Follow
Rockville Centre, NY – A six pound, twelve ounce girl has the distinction of being the first baby born at Mercy Medical Center in 2013.
Michelle De La Cruz, delivered at 11:31 a.m. on January 1st, is the first child of proud parents Stephanie De La Cruz and Michael De La Cruz of Brooklyn.
Michelle will have plenty of company as a 2014 “Mercy Baby”, with more than 1,200 births expected at the hospital in the next twelve months. Some 300 of those babies will be premature or sick infants who receive care in the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only facility on the south Shore of Nassau County to receive that designation from New York State.
The parents of all of those newborns, as well as those of all babies born over the years at Mercy, have the opportunity to commemorate the care they and their infants received on the hospital’s “Newborn Wall of Celebration” outside the NICU and newborn nursery.
The wall features a colorful rainbow motif, symbolizing hope, renewal and community, on which parents of babies born at Mercy over the past decades can place a small plaque with their child’s name and date of birth as a demonstration of gratitude for the work of the Mercy physicians, nurses and staff who nurtured and cared for them in their first days of life.
The “Wall of Celebration” is a project of the Council of Leagues of Mercy. Parents wishing to donate should contact the Development Office at 516-705-2620. Proceeds will specifically benefit Mercy’s maternal child services.