Two babies, 200 years.
Those were the numbers as Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) was
among the statewide participants in the Louisiana Hospital Association’s
Bicentennial Babies celebration recognizing babies born on the 200th
anniversary of Louisiana statehood, April 30.
Commemorative medals and certificates donated to the
Louisiana Bicentennial Commission were handed out to parents of babies born
Monday at LGMC’s Pavilion for Women and Children and at other participating
hospitals around the state.
The first baby born at LGMC on Monday was Amber Rose Moscovis,
at 7:45 a.m., one of two babies to receive recognition under the initiative.
"It’s pretty neat,” says Joy Moscovis, mother of Amber
Rose. "We didn’t know anything
about it until they came in with the certificates. We got a little bit of a history lesson,” she says.
The second recipient was Kristen Imani Mercier, born at 5:43
p.m. to Christina Mercier.
The Bicentennial Medal is an updated re-issue of the coin
minted for the state’s 1912 Centennial. The copper-colored coin features the
State Seal on one side and a silhouette of the state in high relief on the
reverse. The certificates includes
signatures of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and LGMC President and CEO David L.
Approximately 2,000 babies are born at The Pavilion every year. LGMC is the only Lafayette hospital to provide critical care services to mothers, if needed, in addition to providing a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants.