Meriter: Welcomes first baby of 2016


Brian Lee


MADISON, Wis.–Welcome, Vivian Voelker! The Meriter – UnityPoint Health Birthing Center announced today that she is the first baby born in 2016.

Vivian was born to parents Marisa and Nick at 12:12 a.m., weighing 7 lbs. 15 oz. at a length of 20.9 in.

“Vivian kicks off another year in which we will see several thousand babies born at Meriter – UnityPoint Health hospital,” Director of Perinatal Services Carla Griffin said. “That makes us nearly as excited as all the parents, family members and friends who come through our birthing center.”

Meriter – UnityPoint Health hospital, the busiest birthing center in the state of Wisconsin, offers private birthing suites, experienced nurses and all the little extras to create a great experience for parents. Meriter is one of only five hospitals in Wisconsin to be designated “Baby Friendly” by the World Health Organization.

About Meriter – UnityPoint Health
Meriter – UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout the Greater Madison area through our clinics, hospital and home care services. Employing more than 3,500 people, Meriter offers primary and specialty care, including heart and vascular, orthopedics, women’s health and the busiest birthing center in Wisconsin. Meriter was named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics, is a 2014 recipient of the National Research Corporations’ Top Rated Pediatric Doctors award, a five-time winner of the Most Wired award and In Business magazine’s 2014 Top Company to Work For. For more information, visit, after the website is live on Jan. 6, 2016.