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Meet the first baby born at St. Elizabeth Boardman

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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio - The first baby born at St. Elizabeth Boardman wasn't due until May, but Gabriel Mikulka's early entrance into the world Monday afternoon earned him a spot in the history books.

"He can go look and find his name right at the top of the list," said Gabriel's mother Sonnie Mikulka.

Gabriel, who's been spending time in Akron Children's new neonatal intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth Boardman, was delivered by Dr. William Quirk just seven minutes before the hospital's second delivery.

"It was our first cesarean here, our first delivery. Everything was very well supported and planned and we were able to pull off the delivery without a hitch," said Dr. Quirk with Partners for Women's Health.

Mikulka says the staff at St. Elizabeth has made her family's experience even more enjoyable. Although, she notes, having a child is an amazing experience on its own.

Since Monday, many other families have been able to share in that joy. The hospital has been averaging about 11 deliveries a day.

"Our census varies like an emergency room. You can't really predict. There are some scheduled things, but you can't really predict what's going to happen during the day and you need to be prepared for that and that's why having the in-house obstetricians and neonatologist and perinatologists and anesthesia group here; we're really prepared around the clock for whatever drops through the door, planned or unplanned," said Dr. Quirk.

The Mikulka's are expected to be released on Friday.

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