UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital greets first baby

Longmont woman gives birth to baby boy in enhanced birth center at community's new hospital
Sept. 1, 2017

LONGMONT, Colo. (Sept. 2, 2017) – Adam and Jennifer Kiefer of Longmont are the proud parents of the first baby born at the newly opened UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital.

New mom, Jennifer Kiefer, holds her newborn boy, Xavier, who is yawning in the photo. He was the first baby born at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital.
Jennifer Kiefer of Longmont gazes at her newborn baby boy. Xavier Kiefer was born Sept. 1, 2017 at the newly opened UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont. He was the first baby to be born at the hospital. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

Xavier Kiefer was born at 8:31 a.m. Friday. He weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces and measured 20 inches.

“I love this hospital already,” Jennifer Kiefer said. “Everybody has been so kind since I stepped in here.”

Being the first baby born in a hospital definitely has its perks.

On Saturday morning, mom and baby had a surprise visit from a group of care providers. Dr. Heidi Pomfret, an obstetrician-gynecologist, lead the group into the room, wheeling in a large red Radio Flyer wagon full of goodies from physicians, midwives, nurses and staff members who care for patients at the hospital. The special package included the following:

A group of nurses and doctors gather around new mom Jennifer Kiefer to honor her for delivering the first baby at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital.
Jennifer Kiefer and her newborn son, Xavier, were surprised with a visit from physicians and other care providers Saturday morning. They gathered to present the Kiefers with a red wagon full of gifts for the first baby born at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital. The group included, from left, nurse Rene Dunne, nurse Amy Rogers, Dr. Heather Keene, nurse Terri Williams, obstetrics surgical tech Susie Dunnington, Dr. Heidi Pomfret, nurse Kristi Lewis and nurse Carla Love. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.
  • Longs Peak Hospital onesie
  • Diapers
  • Handmade blanket
  • Handmade sweater
  • Classic baby books
  • $50 VISA gift card
  • Baby socks
  • Front baby carrier
  • UCHealth umbrella
  • Baby blue soft baby blanket with a matching cap
  • Plush baby bath set for sink
  • Baby blue stuffed elephant
  • Water bottles
  • Restaurant gift cards

The 210,000-square-foot hospital at 1750 E. Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont officially opened Thursday morning with 51 inpatient beds and room to grow.

In addition to the birth center, Longs Peak Hospital features include an intensive care unit, four operating rooms, a Level III trauma center and emergency department, advanced cardiac services, a special care nursery, a café, a gift shop, 24/7 retail pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services, a meditation room and a courtyard.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.