Columbia, Md. – A lightning fast response and a practiced choreography of teamwork welcomed baby Baroch Kifle into the world on Monday, Dec. 10…in his mother’s car at the front door of Howard County General Hospital. An unusual delivery, to be sure, but HCGH welcomed him in style. When mom Genet Sebani arrived at the hospital, the baby was well on his way. Dad Derejew Tessema said, “I ran into the hospital yelling that my wife was having a baby in the car. In a split second a whole army of people with all the right equipment were there.”
The hospital staff are prepared with established procedures for just about any emergency, including a delivery outside of the Labor and Delivery Unit. A Code Alpha was called and every member of the team went into action. The obstetrician was there immediately to deliver the baby. By the time he was born, the Neonatal Intensive Care team had an infant warmer at the ready to whisk him up to the NICU. Shortly after, an Emergency Department team had mom on a stretcher heading to L&D.
“It was like clockwork,” said Nancy Smith, interim chief nursing officer. “I was in a meeting in another section of the hospital and saw it all happen from the window. The teamwork was amazing to watch. Everyone was there to do their part.”
Tessema is a dentist and knows the health care world of planning for emergencies. “We are very happy and grateful for the way everyone performed," he said. "This was teamwork!”
Baby Baroch joins four siblings at home in Laurel.
About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 245 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.
The hospital has a professional staff of more than 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,800 individuals and over 300 volunteers.