Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County welcomed the first baby of the New Year born on January 1, 2020. Aluna Kaior Williams, officially the first baby to be born in 2020 at Baptist Union County, arrived at 12:00 p.m.
The proud mother is Diamond Williams of Ashland. Aluna weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was delivered by Dr. Sara Campbell. Maternal grandmother is Tamica Shelton of Ashland.
In commemoration of being the first baby born in the New Year, Baptist Union County presented the family with a large gift bag containing a variety of baby items as well as a car seat. Each year, Baptist Union County delivers approximately 1,000 babies, serving a variety of counties including Union, Pontotoc, Tippah, Benton, Marshall and Lee counties.
Baptist Union County offers a variety of services, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, maternity, surgery, a 24-hour emergency department and diagnostics. The hospital also has 3D mammography, TeleHealth services and an eICU. Baptist Union County has an excellent reputation for providing quality care and recently earned an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group and Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence awards from Healthgrades. Most notably, Baptist Union County became the first hospital in Mississippi to earn five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the hospital’s quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction. The Chartis Center for Rural Health also recognized the hospital as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the country.Baby, first, New Albany, New Year's, Union County