100,000th baby delivered at St. Mary's Hospital

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Submitted) – Blaikee Alexis Faye Tassos made history as the 100,000th baby to be born at St. Mary’s Medical Center since it opened in 1930. The daughter of Tiffany and Mike Tassos of New Market, Blaikee was born on Thursday, April 24, 2008, and weighed in at about eight and a half pounds and was 21 inches long.

Duy-Thu Martin, M.D., board certified in obstetrics and gynecology was the attending physician.

While holding her new bundle of joy, Tiffany Tassos said it was a great surprise to have given birth to the 100,000th baby. “Everyone at St. Mary’s has been great throughout the delivery, and now our family is part of the history of St. Mary’s. The staff is caring and friendly, and Dr. Martin has been wonderful throughout my pregnancy.”

This was the third child for Tiffany and Mike who have a three-year-old and a five-year-old at home.

To mark this special occasion, Mercy Health Partners President and CEO Debra London and Sister Mary Martha Naber, regional liaison for Mercy Sponsorship, presented the family with flowers and a special basket of gifts for the baby and the mother.

“We are very excited about having our 100,000 birth and celebrating it with our patients, doctors and staff,” said Sister Martha. “Through the years, St. Mary’s has worked to make child birth a true family experience. We were the first to welcome fathers in the delivery room and have always been at the forefront of patient safety during the delivery process.”

To celebrate this wonderful milestone, St. Mary’s is hosting a reception for all families who have had a baby at St. Mary’s from 1:30- 3 PM, Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in the Women’s Pavilion off of Huron Ave. To RSVP for the reception, please call (865) 545-8813.

Billy Lee Henderson, son of Jack and Bess Henderson, was the first baby born was born at St. Mary’s on April 26, 1930, just two days short of 78 years ago.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is a member of Mercy Health Partners, a healthcare network formed by the merger of St. Mary’s Health System and Baptist Health System of East Tennessee. Mercy has 10 hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout East Tennessee.

(Press release submitted by Mercy Health Partners.)


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