PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) welcomed the first baby born in the New Year at 6:25 a.m., on January 1.
Waylon Eugene Burton Neace weighed in at seven pounds and three ounces and was 20 ½ inches long. He is the son of Crystal Leann Neace of Raccoon.
The baby was delivered by PMC Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Hayley Trimble.
Dr. Trimble said, “This is my first official New Year at PMC. Delivering the first baby of the New Year is a real honor that won’t soon be forgotten. This marks a very special beginning to 2016.”
PMC and EKB have collaborated to make the arrival of the first baby of the year a celebrated event for the region for more than 40 years.
Baby New Year and his family will be the fortunate recipients of various gifts in addition to PMC and the attending physicians waiving any expenses not covered by insurance for the baby’s arrival.
PMC President/Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May said, “The addition of a new baby is celebrated by family and friends but the first baby born in the new year brings celebration area-wide. Congratulations to the Neace family.”
“Pikeville Medical Center is excited to be part of the long-standing tradition of welcoming our Baby New Year,” said PMC Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins. “We take pride in our Women’s and Children’s Services department and strive to make the delivery of each new baby as special as possible. We wish the Neace family all the best as they begin 2016 with this special baby boy.”
This long-held community tradition is a celebrated way to mark the arrival of the area’s first born baby of the year. EKB clients and community members are invited to participate in sponsorships and donations.
The University of Pikeville has always reserved a scholarship for the first baby of the year born at PMC. This year’s scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
The family will also receive gifts from participating sponsors including Appalachian Wireless, Double Kwik, Walmart of Pikeville, Small Town Tattoo, Kids Stuff, Community Trust Bank, The Castle Jewelry, and the Medical Leader.
For more information about Women’s and Children’s Services at PMC, call 606-218-3500.