STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER WELCOMES
LONG ISLAND’S FIRST NEWBORN INFANT OF 2008
Baby Jes makes an early and unexpected
appearance at 12:01 am New Year's Day
STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 2, 2008 - Stony Brook University Medical Center welcomed Jes Keegan at 12:01 am on New Year's Day morning as Long Island's first newborn baby of 2008. The 4-lb., 14-ounce, 16 ¾" baby girl was born to Amanda Gonzalez 20, and Erin Keegan, 19, of Mastic Beach. It is the couple's second daughter.
Gonzalez, who was 35 weeks and 6 days into gestation, arrived at Stony Brook at about 10 o'clock pm New Year's Eve, dilated to 8 cm. She reached 10 cm at about 11 pm, and when given the choice to have her baby on December 31, or to have the first baby of the New Year on January 1, 2008, she quickly opted for the latter. Baby Jes, whom the couple expected to be a boy (an earlier sonogram reading by an ultrasound service in the community indicated as such), was named the next day because the couple had planned on naming their new "baby boy" Jayden, and needed time to decide what they wanted to call their new little girl. Jes' two-year-old sister's name is Leila.
To commemorate her special time of birth, Jes and family were presented with a special gift basket from Babies ‘R Us, and a "Baby New Year" t-shirt and gift bag from the March of Dimes.
Stony Brook University Medical Center is the only academic medical center on Long Island. It comprises Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Stony Brook University Hospital, which is the only tertiary care hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center in Suffolk County. With 540 beds and 4,800 employees, it is the largest hospital in Suffolk County. The Heart Center performs the only open-heart surgery in Suffolk and the Cancer Center and Cerebrovascular Center attract patients from throughout the region with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment facilities. Stony Brook has Long Island's only kidney transplantation program and initiated the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. The hospital is also the regional referral center for trauma, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, burns, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cystic fibrosis, pediatric/adult AIDS, and is the regional resource center for emergency management. Stony Brook's Stroke program is certified by the Joint Commission and the NYS Department of Health; and, Stony Brook is home to the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.