First Baby Marks the “Genesis” of a New Century for Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Oct.18, 2011) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center began its first century of providing health care to Arizona on Oct.18, 1911, and today, the birth of a new century begins with Genesis Ballesteros.
At 12:24 a.m., Banner Good Samaritan welcomed the first baby of the new century on the hospital’s 100th birthday – Genesis Ballesteros. Flor and Norm Ballesteros’ daughter weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long. Genesis is the third child for the Ballesteros family, with an older brother and sister anxiously waiting to see their new baby sister.
Genesis is being recognized by the hospital’s Women and Infant Services department with gifts and fanfare to mark the special occasion. The hospital is internationally known for specializing in high risk births and multiple births.
The hospital was first established on Oct. 18, 1911 as the Arizona Deaconess Hospital and Home – four months before Arizona became a state. Banner Good Samaritan will host a 100th Anniversary Celebration for the community on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at 12th Street and McDowell Road.