Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chicago Couples Welcome New Babies on Valentine's Day

MELROSE PARK, Ill -- Roberto Levi-D’Ancona, OB/GYN, played Cupid this Valentine’s Day, delivering healthy babies to two Chicago-area couples. Aiden Yesenia was delivered at 8:08 a.m. to first-time parents, Gerena and José. He was joined a few minutes later by Bella Rose Salgado, who was delivered at 8:35 a.m. to first-time parents, Rose and Angelo.

“I cannot imagine a better valentine than Aiden and to us, he is truly a romantic symbol of how much José and I love each other,” the proud mother said. “He is a real sweetheart, so he picked the right birth date.”  Aiden was expected on Feb. 29, Leap Day, but came early on Valentine’s Day.

Bella was born two days past her original targeted “birthday” of Sunday, Feb. 12. “A baby is a much better gift than roses or chocolate,” her mother said. “Her birthdays will always be filled with red hearts and angels and words of love.” Dr. D’Ancona has delivered hundreds of babies at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System. “Both mothers and their babies are healthy and that’s what we want most of all,” D’Ancona said. “I think a hospital delivery room is one of the most romantic places on earth."

Valentine’s Day has special meaning to two first-time parents celebrating the day of love at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, meeting their son and daughter.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.