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Dublin Villager: First Baby Born at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital Turns 10

This January, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital wasn’t alone in celebrating 10 years. On January 9, 2008, Chase Mantooth, the first baby born at Dublin Methodist Hospital, celebrated his 10th birthday.

After a “race” between Mantooth’s mother, Angela, and another expectant mother at the hospital to see who could have the first baby, Chase earned the title of first baby born at Dublin Methodist. Chase was born four hours earlier than their “competition.”

“It made it a lot more fun,” Angela told ThisWeek Dublin Villager reporter Sarah Sole. “It lightened the mood.”

Chase is now a fourth-grader at Sycamore Creek Elementary School in the Pickerington Local School District. But he is not the only one who has grown in the last 10 years. The maternity ward at Dublin Methodist has grown, too. The number of babies born each year has steadily increased, along with the number of women’s health beds.

During the hospital’s first year of operation, Chase was one of about 800 babies born. In 2017, more than 2,100 babies were welcomed into the world at Dublin Methodist. According to Sherrie Valentine, director of obstetrics and women’s health, it is common for families to return to Dublin Methodist to give birth to second and third children.

The hospital was designed with a goal to stay away from the typical, sterile look. In addition to the homey, comfortable feel of Dublin Methodist, the staff is a significant part of the hospital’s strong maternity care.

“I think that’s a huge, if not the biggest, part of our success,” Valentine told Sole about the group of 120 staff members.

To learn more about the 10th anniversary of Dublin Methodist Hospital, click here.

To find out more about OhioHealth maternity care, click here.

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