Jackson Hospital’s New Year Baby Arrives January 4th


For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rosie Smith

Jackson Hospital’s New Year Baby Arrives January 4th

January 5, 2018, Marianna, FL.     This year’s first baby born at Jackson Hospital kept all waiting for 5 long days before she revealed herself.  While technically born on Thursday, January 4th, mom and baby delayed their debut until this afternoon.  So today, Jackson Hospital presents its 2018 New Year's baby:  Little Miss Ki'lee Alise Jackson, daughter of Marianna residents Ms. Shantana Hayes and Mr. Larry Jackson.

Little Miss Jackson will join big brother Jordan and big sister Ri'ly.  Ms. Alice Gammon is the maternal grandmother and Ms. Shacourtne Gammon is cousin to Shantana.

Mom Shantana said that she did not know she would be the one with the year’s first baby.  She said that she “was kind of excited about the fact” and very proud of her pretty baby girl.

Board certified OB/GYN Dr. Orlando Muniz, FACOG, delivered 6lbs, 4oz Little Miss Jackson January 4, 2018 at 8:09am CT. Certified Nurse Midwife/ARNP Stefanie Barnes served as Dr. Muniz’s first surgical assistant for the cesarian birth. They, along with Dr. Ricky Leff, FACOG, and ARNP Michelle Baber practice OB/GYN in the Hudnall Medical Building office location, 4230 Hospital Drive, Suite 209, Marianna, Florida, and can be reached at (850) 526-6711.

Dr. George Sanchez of Regional Pediatrics is Little Miss Jackson’s pediatrician.  Dr. Sanchez is a board certified Pediatrician and specializes in pediatrics and newborn care.  His new practice location is 3031 6th Street, Marianna, and he can be reached at 850-482-4655.

Jackson Hospital, Chipola Healthy Start, and a generous hospital Ladies Auxillian, joined together to present Little Miss Jackson and her mom with a cartload of goodies.  Jackson Hospital provided a case of diapers, wipes, and a $100 Walmart Gift Card.  Chipola Healthy Start provided a diaper bag full of baby lotions and cleansers.  A very talented Pink Lady, who asked to remain anonymous, gave two hand-crafted needle-work baby throws.

Melanie Sellers, RN, Jackson Hospital’s Director of Maternal/Child Nursing, says, “We are so proud to welcome Little Miss Jackson to our community and wish only the best for a bright future for her.”  OB/GYN physicians Dr. Ricky Leff and Dr. Orlando Muniz, Midwife Stefanie Barnes, along with Family Medicine physician Dr. Leisa Bailey of Bonifay, FL, deliver about 500 babies a year at Jackson Hospital, the region’s only community hospital with Obstetrics services.

The four board-certified Pediatricians on staff at Jackson Hospital are Dr. Doyle Bosse, Dr. Melissa Caraballo, Dr. George Sanchez and Dr. Tom Sherrel.

Jackson Hospital offers full-service OB/GYN care and would be proud to be part of your family.  The Hospital provides free Childbirth Education classes taught by its Labor and Delivery nurses – the same ones you’ll see when you deliver!  The class has a rolling start every Tuesday at 5:30pm CT, Board Room, ground floor of the Hospital, 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL.  Register at (850) 718-2660.

Jackson Hospital is one of only two statutory rural hospitals in Florida continuing to offer obstetric (OB) services.  Director of Maternal/Child Services, Mrs. Melanie Sellers, RN, says “we are so proud to be the friendly, community hospital offering OB; each new baby brings a bright future for the greater Jackson County region.”

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About Jackson Hospital

Jackson hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent award, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board from the Florida Hospital Association at its Quality and Patient Safety Summit in October 2016.  Jackson Hospital's recognition is due to its success meeting the Partnership for Patients' goals in at least 80% of the applicable topic areas, reducing patient harm and readmissions and making the FHA Hospital Engagement Network so successful.  Statewide, the FHA estimates that hospitals in the HIN prevented 5,283 cases of harm, avoiding $28.7 million in health care costs. 

Before that award, designation as iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital, one of only 1,043 of more than 3,300 eligible, was recently recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was also recently designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.

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