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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital welcomes first patients to new pavilion

Regina Sato and her new daughter, Emilia “Emi” Joy Sato.

Regina Sato and her new daughter, Emilia “Emi” Joy Sato.

Hinsdale – Only a few hours old and already Emilia “Emi” Joy Sato has a great story.

She was the first baby born at the new patient pavilion at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital at 4:32 a.m. on Monday, April 23, to parents Regina and Junichi Sato, of La Grange Park. Emi is the couple’s second child. Their son, Julian, 2, was born at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

“I heard the new pavilion was opening soon, but I didn’t really think about it,” said Regina Sato with Emi in her arms a few hours after she was born. “Then I get here and I’m a celebrity! The nurses are so excited and I’m going to enjoy all the attention because I know when I get home, I’ll be nothing but sleep deprived.”

After her contractions started at home, Regina Sato came to the hospital at about 9 p.m. on Sunday when the new pavilion itself was only open a few hours. Seven hours later, Emi was born without any complications. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. Both of Emi’s parents are musicians at Music Makers of Western Springs. Junichi Sato teaches piano while Regina teaches piano and voice lessons. And it appears the Satos’ musical talent will continue into the next generation.

“Regina and I couldn’t help but notice that Emi was born with long, beautiful fingers,” Junichi Sato said. “I think she’ll be a wonderful piano player.”

Construction of the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital pavilion began in 2010. The project was designed based on input from neighbors, patients, physicians and hospital staff and complements the hospital’s world-class care and technological advancements.

Among the most notable changes: private patient suites including private bathrooms and space for overnight guests, updated nursing units, corridors that separate patient and visitor traffic for privacy, a new lobby and Calandra chapel, updated labor and delivery suites, including some with whirlpool tubs to promote relaxation and a new covered driveway on Oak Street providing easier access to patient services and registration.

Each of the new patient suites also features a plasma TV, wireless internet access, comfortable rollout beds for family members, and oversized windows with beautiful views and plenty of natural light. Now that the new space has opened, the hospital has 277 beds.

“We were thrilled to finally open our new pavilion for all of our patients, but especially for our littlest ones,” said BettySue Netzel, director of women and children's services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “The opening of this new space represents the start of a new and exciting chapter for our hospital and is a celebration for our community.”

A few hours before hospital nurses and staff celebrated Emi Sato’s arrival, they welcomed baby Gavin McNeer, who was born to Dr. Jennifer and Mac McNeer at 2:34 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, making him the last baby born in the hospital’s former labor and delivery unit and the first patient transferred over to the new pavilion. Gavin weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Gavin’s mom is Dr. Jennifer McNeer, of La Grange. She is a pediatric hematologist and who also treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale, Adventist La Grange Memorial and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospitals.

She realizes that if she could have waited less than 12 hours, baby Gavin would have been born in the new center. “Unfortunately, we don’t have control over these things,” McNeer said.

Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit

Media contact: Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2359.

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