Swedish Medical Center seeks 'oldest baby'

Were you born at Swedish Medical Center 100 years ago?

If so, you could be the “oldest baby” born at the hospital, and if you are, the nurses and doctors at Swedish want to meet you.

Since opening its doors in 1910, approximately 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish Medical Center.

In honor of its 100-year-old baby-birthing crown, Swedish is searching for the oldest living person born at any birthing center now part of Swedish Health Services, including Swedish Hospital (Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Cherry Hill), Doctors Hospital, Seattle General Hospital, Ballard General Hospital and Providence Seattle Medical Center.

As the medical center gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary, it is Swedish’s hope that the “oldest baby” will be the hospital’s “spokes-baby” for the year. Swedish’s “spokes-baby” will be featured in a full online profile as well as a Web video.

Also in celebration of its own 100-year birthday, Swedish will honor Swedish-born babies of all ages by encouraging involvement in its "I’m a Swedish Baby" campaign, which already has a strong presence on Facebook. In addition, babies born at Swedish in 2010 will receive a commemorative 100th anniversary clothing outfit.

In exchange for the “spokes-baby’s” services, Swedish has teamed up with Hotel 1000 Seattle to offer the winner a two-night prize package in downtown Seattle. The prize package includes a two-night stay in the hotel’s Grande Luxe Parlor Suite, a round of "virtual golf" and a taste of one of the hotel’s signature health beverages, “The Fountain of Youth," a refreshing mixture of Aloe Vera, cranberry juice and lime sour.

If you think you are, or might know, the eldest living person born at Swedish, please contact Sarah Haeger at (206) 343-1543, or send a Tweet online at @Swedish. The Swedish “Spokes-Baby” must come forward by Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. (Seattle time) to have a chance of winning the prize.

Swedish Physicians, part of the Swedish health care system, operates a clinic in downtown Redmond at 15670 Redmond Way. For information, call (425) 702-8689.

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