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February 27, 2014
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

A song in the air at the Community Campus celebrates a new birth

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— At the Community Campus, the joy of birth is shared with everyone.
Whether one is an employee working in an office or clinic space, a visitor buying flowers at the gift shop or a patient walking the hall, the sweet sound of a lullaby can be heard throughout the hospital to signify the birth of a baby.
The Jim and DeDe Walsh Family Birth Center offers new parents the opportunity to share their joy with the hospital by pressing the “lullaby button” located adjacent to the nurses’ station. Here is where many new fathers and mothers have announced the birth of their baby.
“When a new parent pushes the ‘lullaby button,’ you really see a look of celebration in their eyes,” says Tracy Hilderbran, clinical director of the birth center. “I have personally seen the button pushed hundreds of times, and is something I look forward to every day.”
A tradition that began more than eight years ago, the chimes of the lullaby resonates through the halls and are cherished by visitors and staff alike.
“The lullaby a unique way to celebrate new life, and is something that makes everyone in the building pause – if just for a moment,” said Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust. “It is often said that the Community Campus has a warm, comfortable atmosphere and indeed this beautiful lullaby adds to that feeling.”

Caption: New parents Colleen and Jeffrey Megnin press the button to begin playing the lullaby to celebrate the birth of their son, Brycen C. Megnin, who was born on Feb. 18 at the Jim and DeDe Walsh Family Birth Center at the Community Campus.

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