First Baby Born at TriPoint Medical Center Receives Lake Erie College Scholarship

Friday, October 23, 2009 General News
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CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Oct. 22 New parents Kayla Larbig and Ben Parsons of Windsor Township have a lot to celebrate. Their son Ayden--the first baby born at Lake Health's new TriPoint Medical Center--will be able to attend college for free thanks to a generous four-year, full-tuition scholarship from Lake Erie College.


Ayden, who weighed in at 7 pounds and was 20 inches long, was born at 9:50 a.m. on October 21--the first day TriPoint Medical Center opened.

"Having a baby has been such an exciting experience in itself," said first-time mother Kayla Larbig. "So we were extremely surprised and overwhelmed when we found out that Ayden would be receiving a scholarship to Lake Erie College. It's a wonderful gift, and we're very grateful."

Lake Health and Lake Erie College--both with a long and vibrant heritage in Lake County--have forged a strong partnership over the years in support of area education and health initiatives.

"To commemorate the opening of the TriPoint Medical Center and in evidence of our long-term commitment to the community, we're pleased to offer this academic scholarship to a new child born in Lake County," said Michael T. Victor, president of Lake Erie College.

Each year, more than 1,950 babies enter the world at a Lake Health hospital. With the grand opening of TriPoint Medical Center, and the start of an exciting new chapter in Lake Health's history, it seemed fitting to celebrate the first birth in a special way.

"Lake Erie College is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in our area, and like Lake Health, is committed to the growth and vitality of Lake County. We're so grateful to Lake Erie College for their generosity in providing a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Ayden, the first baby born at TriPoint Medical Center," said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE, president and CEO of Lake Health.

The Tim and Sandy Weaver Family Birthing Unit is designed specifically to enhance the safety, comfort and convenience of moms, newborns and families. The birthing unit features 14 private rooms built around the LDRP model, meaning that moms stay in the same room through labor, delivery, recovery, and post-partum.

The unit also includes The Hershey Foundation Family Lounge, two operating rooms for Cesarean sections, three beds for pre-term testing, two private ante-partum rooms, a Newborn Nursery, and a six-bed Level II Special Care Nursery.

The Level II Special Care Nursery at TriPoint has six private rooms, each with a sleeping area set up for one parent. Moms often stay at the hospital when their baby needs special care, so the unit offers showers, the Hershey Family Foundation lounge, and a special family center with a washer and dryer. Mini nurses' stations between each pair of rooms in the Level II area allow nurses to remain near the babies in their care.

Built from the ground up to enhance healing and wellness and improve patient safety, TriPoint features the latest, life-saving technology and an evidence-based patient- and family-centered environment. Principles of evidence-based design--a concept that links the quality of the hospital environment to patient outcomes--have been integrated throughout the facility. From the elegant interior filled with natural light and private patient rooms with views of natural greenery and streams to the healing gardens and dedicated family areas, everything about TriPoint is designed to increase comfort and safety and speed healing.

About Lake Erie College

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,300 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its student's to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.

About Lake Health

For eight consecutive years NorthCoast 99 has named Lake Health one of the 99 Best Places to work in Northeast Ohio. Lake Health was also named among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for Overall Cardiac Services and Cardiac Surgery by HealthGrades. Dedicated to redefining health care in Northeast Ohio, Lake Health provides patient- and family-centered care that promotes a lifetime of health and wellness. Lake Health delivers progressive, compassionate health care through nine state-of-the-art facilities staffed by more than 600 physicians and 2,700 health care professionals.

Contacts: Julie Strogin, Lake Health Cristine Boyd, Lake Erie College 440.354.1940 440.375.7253 Kristin Wilson, Brokaw Inc. 330.701.3371

SOURCE Lake Health

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