First baby born at St.E’s new NICU

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) –  The names of a Canfield mom and her baby will get to take their places in local history as the first patients in the new maternity unit at St.Elizabeth Health Center’s Boardman campus.

Gabriel Mikulka was born Monday morning. Sonnie Mikulka delivered the baby just before 3:30 p.m., about one month premature.

Gabriel has been in the Special Care Nursery at Akron Children’s Hospital, which operates inside the Boardman location.

“It is a really great staff here at the hospital, amazing staff, very nice people,” said Mikulka.

Dr. William Quirk said Gabriel’s delivery was very well supported and planned.

“We were able to pull off a delivery without a hitch. There were three people all vying to be the first delivery, and there was about a 7-minute margin between the first and second deliveries that day,” said Quirk.

In honor of the milestone, hospital administrators gave Sonnie a huge gift basket that included a $150 certificate for Babies R Us.

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