First newborn of 2014 arrives at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center


Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the New Year born on January 2, 2014.

At 3:45 am, Robin Whitaker, DO, delivered Gracelyn Maria Huy. She weighed 7 pounds and 4.1 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Parents are Christen and Joshua Huy they reside in Hyden, Ky.

As the first baby born at Hazard ARH in 2014, the hospital gave Gracelyn Maria and her family a large, baby bathtub full of items every baby needs including a baby monitor and stroller. Other gifts from Hazard ARH Gift shop were a picture frame, first tooth holder, photo stickers, coin bank and baby gown.

Hazard ARH offers private labor-delivery-recovery rooms with private baths in a home-like atmosphere where the focus is on a family-centered birthing experience. Once the baby is born, the hospital offers rooming in for parents and baby to enhance newborn teaching with a newborn nursery nurse available and dedicated to this service 24 hours a day.

ARH physicians James D. Dawson, Jr., MD, Misty D. Thompson, DO, Robin Whitaker, DO, and Donnie R. Spencer, MD and OB nursing staff provide individualized care for moms and babies.

“Location, comfort and hospitality supported by a team of highly experienced physicians and nurses are important when selecting an environment to give birth,” said Lisa Bowling, OB Nurse Manager at Hazard ARH. “Here at Hazard ARH, we are proud to have kangaroo care family center nursing and Certified Breastfeeding Lacation Consulor.”

In 2013, 365 babies were delivered at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.


ARH is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs nearly 5,000 people and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided nearly $142.8 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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