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Five is Joliet family’s lucky number
Photo caption: The Greene family (clockwise, from top), Malcolm Greene, Malcolm Greene II, newborn Emanuel Greene and mother Curry Greene, all of Joliet, pose before a photo of Malcolm Greene II at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. His photo hangs at the hospital, commemorating the first babies born there.

Bolingbrook – The number five follows Curry Greene’s family just about everywhere, it seems.

Five years separate the Joliet family’s first two children, Micah and Malcolm. Malcolm was the fifth baby born at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital when it opened in 2008.

And another five years separate Malcolm and his new brother, Emanuel, who was born Jan. 14, the fifth anniversary of the opening of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

“He was on time,” Curry Greene said of her son Emanuel. “He was a planned cesarean. But it wasn’t planned in the sense that we remembered the anniversary of the hospital.”

That was a happy coincidence, though there was no doubt in the mind of either Greene or Dr. Robin Whatley that they would return to Bolingbrook for Emanuel’s birth.

“Fate happens that way,” Whatley said.

When Malcolm was born five years ago, Greene said she was aware Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital was just opening. She had searched for a new doctor before connecting with Dr. Whatley and knew she was affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

“I really had a good experience there with the first birth,” Greene said. “Everybody was also wonderful to us this time around. We had a very good experience.”

Five years ago, Greene’s son was Whatley’s first delivery at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, as well as her first cesarean birth at the hospital. Today, Whatley is chairwoman of the hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

“We’re just really excited about the fifth year anniversary, and I think this is a neat little story that goes along with it,” Whatley said. “I’ve been here from the beginning, and it’s kind of nice to see how it’s grown in the last five years.”


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Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; (630) 856-2354