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Greenwich Hospital launches “My First Book” program to promote bonding and literacy

Friday, January 15, 2016

On The Night You BornGreenwich Hospital began the New Year with a new tradition: Every baby born at the hospital will go home with a copy of Nancy Tillman’s “On the Night You Were Born” as part of the “My First Book” program. 

“Studies show reading can foster bonding between parents and their children,” said Kathleen Carley-Spanier, RN, director of Community Health at Greenwich Hospital, the hospital’s outreach arm. “It’s also a wonderful way to promote literacy. It’s never too early to start reading to your kids!”

Each book has a label stating: “I got my first book at Greenwich Hospital.” Spanish-speaking families will receive “La Noche En Que Tu Naciste.”

Last year, a record 2,814 births took place at Greenwich Hospital, making it the region’s destination maternity hospital for Connecticut and New York residents. Greenwich Hospital had the fourth highest birth numbers in Connecticut in fiscal year 2015. 


Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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