Michael Harthorne
Swedish Medical Center is looking for the the oldest person to have been born at any of its locations in the past 100 years.

Swedish Medical Center looking for its 'oldest baby'

Swedish Medical Center is looking for anyone born at Swedish 100 years ago as they could be the "oldest baby" born at the hospital.

Since opening its doors in 1910, approximately 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish Medical Center. Last year alone, there were more than 7,400 born at Swedish’s Ballard and First Hill campuses.

On Jan. 6, in honor of its 100-year-old baby-birthing crown, Swedish launched its search for the oldest living person born at any birthing center now part of Swedish Health Services, including Swedish Hospital (Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Cherry Hill), Doctors Hospital, Seattle General Hospital, Ballard General Hospital and Providence Seattle Medical Center.

As the medical center gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary, it is Swedish’s hope that the “oldest baby” will be the hospital’s “spokes-baby” for the year. Swedish’s spokes-baby will be featured in a full online profile as well as a Web video.

In celebration of its own 100-year birthday, Swedish will honor Swedish-born babies of all ages by encouraging involvement in its I’m a Swedish Baby campaign.

In addition, babies born at Swedish in 2010 will receive a commemorative 100th anniversary clothing outfit.

“There are more than 7,000 babies born at Swedish each year,” Cal Knight, Swedish’s chief operating officer, said in a press release. “Over time, those numbers add up. We want to reconnect with all our babies, of all ages, so that we can continue to tell a very rich story of the Swedish birthing experience.”

In exchange for the spokes-baby’s services, Swedish has teamed up with Hotel 1000 Seattle to offer the winner a two-night prize package in downtown Seattle.

The prize package includes a two-night stay in the hotel’s Grande Luxe Parlor Suite, a round of ‘virtual golf’ and a taste of one of the hotel’s signature health beverages, “The Fountain of Youth," a refreshing mixture of Aloe Vera, cranberry juice and lime sour.

If you think you are, or might know, the eldest living person born at Swedish, please contact Sarah Haeger at 206.343.1543 or shaeger@feareygroup.com.

The Swedish spokes-baby must come forward by Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. to have a chance of winning the prize.

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