Avera St. Luke’s Shares Births With More Than 62,000 Babies
When baby Blake Montgomery Willert came into the world at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, he became the 62,235th baby born at that facility since Oct. 18, 1901. That date represents the dedication day of St. Luke’s Hospital, which now celebrates 111 years in this community.
Blake’s parents are Kellen and Jenelle Willert of Aberdeen. The newborn shares a birthday with his brother Logan, who turned 4 on Oct. 18. The two proudly wore their “Big Bro” and “Little Bro” shirts to observe the special day. Avera St. Luke’s Hospital has helped thousands of new babies and their families celebrate their special day of birth. To commemorate Oct. 18, the birthday of Avera St. Luke’s and the Feast Day of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians, the first baby was honored with special prizes.
On Oct. 18, 1901, the Presentation Sisters dedicated the new St. Luke’s Hospital, their first health care ministry. There were 62,235 babies born at St. Luke’s from 1901 to the first baby born Oct. 18, 2012. Adding in the 3,862 births at Dakota Midland from 1969 to 1988, when that hospital merged with Avera St. Luke’s, 66,097 babies were born in Aberdeen during in the past 111 years.
Here are some more fun facts about babies born in Aberdeen:
- Record month: December 1954, with a total of 128 births!
- Record high year: 1952, with 1,145 births
- Record low year: 1973, with 510 births
In the first 50 years of hospital care in Aberdeen:
- Births at St. Luke’s from 1901-1951: 17,300
- Patients admitted to St. Luke’s, 1901-1951: 201,229