For Immediate Release: March 3, 2016

AtlantiCare delivers ‘Leap Day’ babies
Six babies, including twins, born February 29

Six babies born at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus will not celebrate the exact anniversary of their birth until 2020.

The infants were born on February 29 – ‘Leap Day’ – which only occurs once every four years.

Chris-Erin-baby-Reagan-Connors2Chris, Erin and baby Reagan ConnorsChris-Erin-baby-Rhett-Connors2Chris, Erin and baby Rhett Connors

Erin and Chris Connors, of Manahawkin, welcomed twins Rhett, 7 pounds, 4 ounces; and Reagan, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. “We’re a family of holiday birthdays,” says Erin, explaining that she was born on Christmas Eve, and that Chris was born on Thanksgiving. “The twins are following family tradition.”  Rhett and Reagan have an older sister, three-year-old Riley, who was born a week before Christmas.

Elia-Padilla-holds-baby-Edward-GarciaElia Padilla and baby Edward Garcia

Elia Padilla, of Hammonton, says her son, Edward Garcia, is “lucky to be born on February 29.”

Karla-Morales-Villafane-baby-Cryslianys-Rosario-Crystian-RosarioKarla Morales-Villafane, baby Cryslianys Rosario and Crystian-Rosario

Karla Morales-Villafane and Crystian Rosario, of Hammonton, were hoping their daughter, Crislianys Marie Rosario, would be born on February 28. “It’s my grandfather’s birthday,” says Rosario. “He would have liked to share a birthday with his first great-grandchild.” But, the couple says, their family is thrilled with a February 29 birthday, and that Crislianys “will be a special baby because she was born on a special day.”

Denise-Lenz-baby-Gabriel-Cowperthwaite-Brian-Cowperthwaite-and-Blaire-Bergen-MDDenise Lenz, baby Gabriel Cowperthwaite, Brian Cowperthwaite and Blaire Bergen, MD

Denise Lenz and Brian Cowperthwaite are proud parents of a baby boy, Gabriel Cowperthwaite. “We don’t want him to be spoiled, so maybe having a birthday once every four years will be good for him,” says dad.

“Every day that we deliver babies is special,” says Laurie Trongone, RN, clinical director, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. “We are always awed by the process of bringing new life into the world. We are honored to care for new babies, moms, and families.”

About the AtlantiCare Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth
Medical experts, including board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, nurses, and other specialists at Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at ARMC Mainland Campus provide specialized care for expectant mothers, newborns, new parents, and families. The Center for Childbirth includes Labor and Delivery; Mother/Baby rooms; and the region’s only comprehensive Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, staffed by neonatologists from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Visit or call 888-569-1000 for more information.

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361,



AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,400 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.