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Lakeland Welcomes First Baby of the New Year
Jan 2, 2020 Share

(NILES) – The BirthPlace at Lakeland Hospital Niles welcomed Southwest Michigan’s first baby of 2020 at 12:59 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1. Ashley Swisher and Austin Zavoral of Buchanan, Michigan are the proud new parents of a son, Ryker James Zavoral. Baby Ryker weighed in at six pounds, four ounces, and measured 18 ¼ inches long. In keeping with their annual tradition of celebrating the first baby of the year, the Lakeland Auxiliary provided the family with a gift basket full of baby items valued at $100.

Lakeland is served by a team of 23 obstetrics and gynecology providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. In 2019, the Economic Alliance of Michigan (EAM) awarded Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph with the Maternity Care Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes. Lakeland Hospital Niles was also awarded the 2019 Maternity Care Improvement for demonstrated decreases in cesarean rates, episiotomy, and elective early delivery over a two-year period.

For more information about the BirthPlace, visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/birthplace

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