OKLAHOMA CITY – You may be used to seeing money fly away during tax season, but one family received some cash after delivering at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City on Tax Day.
Little Brayden Norvelle was born at 2:53 a.m. on Monday, April 18. As the first baby born at Mercy on Tax Day, he was presented with a check for $1,529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account from state Treasurer Ken Miller.
“We were shocked really,” said Brayden’s mother, Winter Norvelle. “This will be great for Brayden when he gets older.”
Brayden is Mercy’s third winner of the Oklahoma City Tax Day Baby title. In 2014, baby boy Quan Ta arrived on April 15 to parents Winnie Nguyen and Duy Ta. In 2015, Michel Lauritsen was born to parents Brett and Kelli Lauritsen.
“Mercy was founded on the tradition of giving, and we are honored to play a role in giving an Oklahoma child a jump start in their education and success,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.