HCGH, Everything's Coming Up Babies
|The economy may be in a slump,
but the baby business at Howard County General Hospital is
alive and kicking. In a county with a population hovering
near 300,000, a hospital expecting 3,300 births this year
is bound to get some oohs and aahs. In fact, stork visits
to the Columbia-based community hospital are more numerous
than those to Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical
Center combined-enough to push it to number five in the state
Kim Barnes, administrative coordinator of obstetric services
at HCGH, says the maternal child unit normally averages 260
births a month, but in April that number peaked at 318 for
the first time in the hospital's 30-year history.
Kim Barnes, obstetric services coordinator,
in the Howard County General Hospital nursery.