SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — It was a record-breaking year for LewisGale Medical Center. The hospital announced it delivered 1,181 babies for 2021 between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

This is the most babies to be delivered in a single year in the hospital’s 112-year history.

“Our labor and delivery teams provide our community with high-quality services in a patient-centered environment, to ensure they are comfortable with their care and treatment plan,” stated Lea Lee, chief nursing officer. “With our dedicated care team, women benefit from years of experience, extensive training, and daily practice in the procedures, techniques, and treatments related to women’s healthcare.”

1000th baby delivered at LewisGale Medical Center (Photo courtesy: LewisGale Medical Center)

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) approved the facility’s Certificate of Public Need (COPN) for a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the completion of the Labor and Delivery wing. This wing will have upgrades to delivery suites, patient rooms, and new birthing tubs.

“Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery,” said Lisa Wade maternal care services director. “We provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before the first contraction and continues well after delivery.”

The hospital’s previous record was set in 1995, with 1,075 babies born in a 12-month period.