Zain Sanjak and her husband Omar Naboulsi with their newborn son Karim

Houston, January 1, 2017 — The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and Dr. Cindy-Thanhhoa Bui helped Zain Sanjak and her husband Omar Naboulsi welcome their son into the world at 12:09 a.m. on January 1, 2017. Baby Karim was the first baby born at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in the New Year. He weighed 7 lbs. and 3 oz. and is 20 and ½ inches long.

“As we come to the midpoint of our yearlong celebration of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas’ 40th anniversary, we are thrilled to also be ringing in the new year for the 40th time with a celebration of the first baby born at our hospital,” said Ashley McClellan, CEO of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. “And in honor of our 40 Years of Caring, we decided to make the celebration bigger.”

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas recognized the baby and the first baby of the opposite sex born at the hospital on New Year’s Day. The families of the first girl and the first boy born each received an embroidered diaper bag and an embroidered hooded towel to commemorate this memory of a lifetime.

The First Girl Born in 2017Dr. Joanie Y. Hare assisted Lori Bertolet and her husband Grant Bertolet in welcoming the first girl born at Woman’s in 2017. More than 12 hours after the first baby was born – and the births of 7 more boys – the first girl of 2017 was delivered at 12:43 p.m. at Woman’s. Baby Pandora weighs 6lbs. and 15oz. and is 19 inches long.

To all of the families who chose The Woman’s Hospital of Texas to welcome a new baby last year, thank you for entrusting us with your care. For two years in a row, we have delivered more babies in Texas than any other hospital in the state.

And to all of the families we served and the families who will choose us for their healthcare needs, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!

About The Woman's Hospital of Texas

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas opened in 1976 and is celebrating its 40th year as the state’s premier facility dedicated to the health and well-being of women and newborns. Our founders chose to name the hospital “Woman’s” – not “Women’s” – as a way to honor each patient as an individual and as a daily reminder that the care we give is always personalized and patient focused. Our attention to every detail of the patient experience makes us the top choice for women throughout the greater Houston area and beyond. Our physicians and nurses delivered more than 11,000 babies in 2015 – more than any other hospital in the State of Texas. And with the recent addition of our Pediatric Center, our hospital now offers its high-quality care to children and teenagers. Located near the Texas Medical Center in the heart of Houston, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas has 397 licensed beds, including a 124-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). With more than 650 board-certified physicians, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas offers expertise and outstanding care in breast health, imaging, gynecology, obstetrics, high-risk pregnancy, neonatology and minimally-invasive surgery.

In our “40 Years of Caring,” we’ve consistently raised the standards for women’s healthcare in Houston and the State of Texas. We were the first hospital in Houston to earn the Baby-Friendly Hospital distinction from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF.) We also were the first hospital in Texas to be named a National Association for Continence Center of Excellence for Continence Care in Women – one of only six in the nation. The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is accredited by The Joint Commission and recognized by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at HCA Gulf Coast.