First newborn of 2014 arrives at Whitesburg ARH Hospital


Whitesburg ARH Hospital welcomed its first baby of the new year born on January 1, 2014.

At 10:45 a.m., Jessica Branham, DO, delivered Adysen Jayde Davis. She weighed 7 pounds 2.6 ounces, and was 18.3 inches long. Parents are David and Kayla Davis and they reside in Busy, Ky.

As the first baby born at Whitesburg ARH in 2014, the hospital gave Adysen and her family a large, baby bathtub full of items every baby needs including a baby monitor.

Whitesburg ARH Hospital 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 OB-GYN physician Wade Baker, MD, Jessica Branham, DO, Lenny Hadley, MD, Isabella Nyan, MD, Crystal Gibson, PA, Carrie Hall, Nurse Midwife, Jennifer Herrell, Nurse Midwife, Ann Moore, Nurse Midwife, Melissa Newell, Nurse Midwife and OB nursing staff provide individualized care for moms and babies. Whitesburg ARH also offers a beautifully designed nursery with a state-of-the-art security system.

“Location, comfort and hospitality supported by a team of highly experienced physicians and nurses are important when selecting an environment to give birth,” said Vickie Sloane, RN and OB Nurse Manager at Whitesburg ARH. “Here at Whitesburg ARH Hospital, we are proud to provide the highest quality of care, in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, for our OB patients.”

In 2013, 440 babies were delivered at Whitesburg ARH Hospital.


Photo Cutline: Arlena West, RN; Parents David and Kayla Davis (seated) and Adysen; Dr. Jessica Branham and Vickie Slone, RN.

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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