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Mercy welcomes first baby of 2014

Mercy welcomes first baby of 2014

(Durango, Colo.)–The staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Family Birth Center recently welcomed Durango’s first baby of 2014.  Kenzie Rae Miller, daughter of Candace Etcitty and Josh Miller of Pagosa Springs, was born at the hospital at 6:47 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Etcitty and Miller were in Farmington celebrating the holidays with Etcitty’s family when she began to feel like the baby might be on the way, so they headed to Mercy in the early afternoon on Wednesday.  Little Kenzie arrived later that evening.  She weighed 7 lbs. and measured 20½ inches in length when delivered by Certified Nurse Midwife Amy Ginn of Southwest Midwives and Family Birth Center staff nurses.

“It was shocking to have the first baby of the year,” said Etcitty. “There were other people here before us, so I guess she stole the race,” she joked.  In the Mercy Family Birth Center tradition, staff presented the “first family” of 2014 with a gift basket full of baby items, including a hand knitted “2014” cap. 

Reflecting of the birthing experience at Mercy, Miller said, “If everyone was as nice as the people here, it would be a more peaceful world.” 

“Everyone has been so good,” added Etcitty. 

Etcitty, 25, works at Wolf Creek Gift Shop in Pagosa Springs, and Miller, 27, is a heavy equipment operator.   Kenzie is the couple’s first child.

About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, seven senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.

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