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LSU Bogalusa Medical Center Celebrates 500th Birth

Timmy and Holly Fortado, baby Brandon, Dr. Maria Buenaflor, Lynn Vonrovke, RN, and Cassondra Matney, RN.
Timmy and Holly Fortado, baby Brandon, Dr. Maria Buenaflor, Lynn Vonrovke, RN, and Cassondra Matney, RN.

Bogalusa -- Special Beginnings Family Center, at LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, celebrated the 500th baby born in the facility since its opening nearly four years ago. Around midnight, on Friday, February 3, Brandon Michael Fortado was born to proud parents Timmy and Holly Fortado, of Angie.

Dr. Maria Buenaflor was the first to welcome eight-pound, twenty-one inch Brandon to the world. This milestone birth is important not only to LSU BMC, but also the community that it serves. It is yet another example of how LSU BMC continues to provide award-winning primary and specialty care to each patient.

In 2008, Special Beginnings Family Center opened as the first completely modernized birthing center in the area in ten years. The labor and delivery suites and staff provide comfort, compassion, safety and support to families of Washington and St. Tammany parishes.

"Right from the start we delivered a mother that had an obstetrical emergency called an abruption. If the mother had not chosen to stop at our facility, I do not know if the baby or perhaps the mother would have lived," said Patsy Welch, registered nurse supervisor of the Labor and Delivery Unit. "At that moment I knew that this unit was meant to be, even if all we ever accomplished was to save the life of that one mother and baby."

Besides Dr. Buenaflor, the labor and delivery team includes Drs. Rojina Jasani, D. Spence Texada and Nurse Practitioner Monica Smith. These women's health professionals provide each patient with specialized care for every stage of life.

Before the Fortado family headed home, LSU BMC gave them a gift basket full of donations from the hospital, the Ladies Auxiliary, and Merlin Duke, LSU BMC patient advocate. As LSU BMC celebrates this 500th birth, it continues the tradition of treating the community as family.