The first baby born at Drew Memorial Hospital in 2016 arrived on January 2 at 9:46 a.m.

Korneal O’Lee Washington, the son of Kenise Bryant and Robert Washington of Dumas, was delivered by Dr. Kelly Shrum. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was and 19 inches long.

The happy parents were joined by Korneal’s proud older siblings: Kamarion, Kamiah, Knaylen and Kanyla Washington.

As the first baby born at Drew Memorial Hospital in 2016, Korneal and his family received a gift basket from Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Drew Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary provides the Baby New Year family with a gift basket each year.

Monteene McCoy, a member of the hospital’s volunteer auxiliary, has a special interest in the nursery and children visiting the hospital. She makes sure children accompanying patients have toys and coloring books to pass the time. McCoy has enjoyed making newborn baby caps for years, estimating she’s been involved with the children and babies “ever since I’ve been here [in Monticello]”, and has an auxiliary pin for reaching 9,000 hours of service to the hospital.

Assembling the Baby New Year basket is an especially fun project for McCoy. “The basket includes everything you need for a baby,” she said. Items in the gift basket includes diapers, clothing, blankets, shoes, socks, baby powder, toys, and the bestselling book What to Expect the First Year.

Drew Memorial Hospital, founded in 1975, serves a population of 200,000 in Southeast Arkansas. Their medical staff includes two family practice physicians offering obstetric services, Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart and Dr. Julia Nicholson, and one OB/GYN, Dr. Kelly Shrum.

In 2015, 397 babies were delivered at Drew Memorial Hospital