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“HVHC Welcomes Five Babies on Leap Day”

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (March 1, 2012) –  Leapin’ lizards. A record five babies were born at Hudson Valley Hospital Center on Leap Day this year.

The babies just kept coming, the earliest born at 11:15 a.m. and the last at 8:16 p.m. All five babies are healthy, beautiful and especially lucky, but a few weren’t expected to arrive for another couple of weeks, leading the parents to believe fate was involved.

“I don’t remember this ever happening,” said Director of Maternal Child Health at HVHC Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever. “We always thought it was a myth. Our average number of babies born here each day is between two and three. So it was particularly amazing that we had five babies all on Leap Day. 

Leap days occur once every four years because the earth rotates a little more than 365 days per year. The hours are combined to make one full day on February 29. 

Our Leap babies:

  • Theresa Samuels of Brooklyn welcomed baby Havier into the world at 11:15 a.m. He was 8 pounds 6 ounces.
  • Kara and Matt Chasse of Putnam Valley welcomed baby Bryce into the world at 12:11 p.m. He was 6 pounds 7 ounces.
  • Jodi and Donyal Scoggines, of Mahopac, welcomed baby Joy into the world at 4:18 p.m. She was 5 pounds, 15 ounces.
  • Jessica Romero and Walter Hernandez, of Mohegan Lake, welcomed their new baby boy at 6:16 p.m. He was 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
  • Kate White and Sam Kaestner, of Ridgewood NJ, welcomed baby Silvia at 8:16 p.m. Silvia was 8 pounds, 4 ½ ounces.

Congratulations to all of the parents on your new good luck charms!


Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit