The first baby of the new year and new decade has arrived at T.J. Samson Community Hospital


New Year’s Day is an exciting time for new beginnings for every family, and it is particularly special for those with babies born on January 1. The team members and medical staff at T.J. Samson Community Hospital are delighted to welcome the first baby of 2020. Eira Hope Jackson was born at 1:40pm on January 1st, weighing 6 pounds and 13 ounces and was delivered by Dr. Kelly Dirig. Eira is the daughter of Erika Johnson and Austin Jackson of Albany.

The family was presented with balloons and a gift basket from the T.J. Gift Shop along with a $50 gift certificate from Edmonton State Bank, and they will receive a case of diapers every month for a year from the hospital. In addition, CEO Neil Thornbury presented the family with a $1,000 college scholarship for the school year 2038 for Eira, which means “snow” in the Welsh language.

“This is a monumental event, so we want to support this family while they are here and into the future,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health, who welcomed the baby and presented the gifts to the family. “What a great story they will have to tell – not only was Eira the first baby of the new year, but she is the first baby of a new decade!”

In addition to her parents, Eira is welcomed by her 2-year-old brother Jaydon, who was also born at T.J. Samson Community Hospital where more than 1,200 babies are delivered each year.

T.J. Regional Health, the parent system of multiple healthcare clinics, is anchored by T.J. Samson Community Hospital, a 196-bed acute-care facility with 16 skilled-care beds based in Glasgow that is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, and the T.J. Health Pavilion, which provides outpatient care and physician offices. T.J. Regional Health also operates numerous Rural Health Clinics in the South Central Kentucky region.


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