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Women's center turns one
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Glenn Walther and daughter Abigail, 5 months, were among those attending Northside Hospital-Forsyth's celebration Saturday to mark the first anniversary of its women's center.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth marked the one-year anniversary of its women’s center with a private celebration Saturday for hospital employees and families of all the babies born there in the past year.

The $42 million facility opened on Aug. 6, 2008, after several years of construction. Since opening, it has averaged about 125 births per month, for a total of 1,500 on the year.

The 103,000-square-foot center has six private delivery and recovery rooms and six observation rooms.

It also features seven private pre-operating rooms, three C-section operating rooms and 16 private post-partum rooms.

According to hospital figures, about 47 percent of the babies born at the center have been boys and about 62 percent of the births were to Forsyth County families.

Since Aug. 6, 2008, about 6,000 patients have visited the women’s center, which has gone through more than 60,000 diapers.

Prior to the center's arrival, it had been 25 years since the last scheduled birth in the county.