The Census Bureau, as you no doubt read, announced that the nation’s population would officially hit 300 million at 7:46 this morning. It’s an exciting milestone for the country, no doubt, but it became ever more exciting for us as New Yorkers when a press release arrived with word the magic 300 millionth had been born right here in New York. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center — and, boy, wasn’t life easier back when it was just Columbia Presbyterian? — scheduled a news conference this afternoon to introduce this 300 millionth baby, Zoë Emille Hudson, delivered on the Upper East Side. We wondered how Presbyterian got so lucky to get this milestone baby, so we called up the PR contact listed on the press release to ask. A few hours later, someone called back.
Daily Intel: So how do you know you have the 300 millionth?
Hospital flack: Of course we don’t know. We just know we had a baby born at 7:46, and that was the time the census had set for the 300 millionth American.
Daily Intel: So was it all a PR event?
Hospital flack: I know that Elmhurst Hospital did something today. I heard Maimonides did something. So that’s three in the New York area that all had babies at 7:46. We got some national coverage. CNN was here, ABC evening news was here. I know Good Morning America was going to go down and do something in Atlanta. So there’s got to be places all over that had their babies and did stories locally.
Daily Intel: You know, the the Times article today said demographers think the 300 millionth probably happened months ago. Do you have a rival candidate?
Hospital flack: No clue.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Welcomes 300 Millionth American (a baby girl born at 7:46 a.m. this morning)
Meet Zoë Emille Hudson, the 300 millionth American, born this morning at 7:46 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Baby Zoë Emille Hudson
Parents, Maria Diaz and Garvin Hudson
Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Dr. Frank Chervenak, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Amos Grunebaum, Director of Labor and Delivery
Dr. Georges Sylvestre, Physician who delivered baby Zoë
Debra Herman, RN
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street @ York Avenue
This morning at 7:46 a.m., Maria Diaz and Garvin Hudson of Monroe, New York welcomed Baby Zoë Emille Hudson into the world, likely making her the 300 millionth American, according to the US Census Bureau estimate. Please join Zoë’s parents and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in recognizing this historic milestone.
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