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Haegele family

Four of a kind means a full house for the Haegeles!

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Take a guided tour of the Family Birth Center, complete with free gift bags, on the first Sunday and third Thursday of every month. For upcoming tour dates, call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669). No time to visit? Take a virtual tour.


With four adorable daughters, a busy mom and dad, and numerous activities, the Haegele family of Arnold is constantly on the go. Dad, Cory Haegele, is a business financial analyst. Mom, Maria Maksimovich Haegele, works for a jewelry company.

“I was one of four children, and I always wanted to have four kids,” Maria said.

Each daughter -- Alexandria, 8; Emerson, 6; McKenna, 5; and baby Scarlett, 1 -- has her own engaging style and personality. And each can trace her first moments of life to the Family Birth Center at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Maria’s mom, the late Sherri Maksimovich, was a nurse and a 30-year employee of the medical center.

“Originally, I chose the medical center because my mom had worked there,” explained Maria, 35. “After my first birthing experience, though, I never would have gone anywhere else. Between the doctors and nurses and staff, I received one-on-one care. I really loved it: I had great experiences with the deliveries. And the nurses always helped my husband at night, in addition to taking care of me and the baby.”

“If you asked them questions, they had all the answers,” added Cory, 37, recalling the eight or so family members in the delivery room on the night Alexandria was born. “They were accommodating with our guests, too: we had lots of them.”

Cory adds with a smile that he has become used to being outnumbered by the women in his life. Alexandria is a third-grader, and Emerson a first-grader at Sherwood Elementary School in the Fox school district. McKenna is in kindergarten, and baby Scarlett is at home.

Maria’s obstetrician and gynecologist, A. Louis Ojascastro, M.D. himself is an alumnus of the nursery at the old St. Anthony’s Hospital at Grand Boulevard and Chippewa Street, where he made his debut in 1961.

“The personal care you can get from our nurses at St. Anthony’s sets us apart,” Dr. Ojascastro said. “Once we hook them with the first delivery, our patients will come back again and again.”

Maria agreed. “I would visit my friends who had babies at other hospitals, and I had the feeling they weren't cared for as well I was at St. Anthony’s all four times,” she said. “Everything, from start to finish, was absolutely wonderful. I would highly recommend St. Anthony’s to anyone having a baby."

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.