For immediate release: May 22, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Women's Hospital marked its 5,000th delivery today (May 22) with the birth of a 9-pound baby boy. His parents, Eloisa Castillo Moreno and husband Octavio Esquivel, are contemplating a name for the newborn.

"He's beautiful and very healthy," said Sybil Bowers, assistant director of nursing and on-site manager of the hospital. Born at 10:51 a.m., the baby was delivered by medical director Ted Held, she said.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston manages the three-year-old hospital.

Bowers said that while this baby is the 5,000th delivery - it is not the 5,000th baby. The hospital has delivered about six sets of twins each year.

Located on the fifth floor of Brackenridge Hospital, the specialty hospital has 76 staff members - 72 are women - and will have a total of15 obstetric/gynecology medical residents when the newest group joins the hospital staff in June. The facility, which opened in March 2004, features four labor and delivery rooms, two labor/delivery/recovery rooms, two operating rooms, 10 postpartum rooms and 16 newborn nursery beds.

"Our mission is to provide maternity care and tubal ligations, when requested, to lower income women living in Travis County," Bowers said. Patients preregister in any of the 18 community health clinics, the Brackenridge High Risk clinic, El Buen Samaritano clinic and Austin's People's Community Clinic.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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Galveston, Texas 77555-0144
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