BONIFAY - As fireworks and gunshots echoed across Holmes County in celebration of the new year, one local family welcomed New Year's Day with its own Remington.
At 7:57 p.m., weighing six pounds and 14 ounces, Remington Purser Oglesby was born to Alyna Donelson and Colin Oglesby at Jackson Hospital in Marianna.
Bearing the name of the nation's oldest gun manufacturing company - Remington was the first baby to be born in 2019 at the hospital. Olgesby, a gun enthusiast, named his son.
It took 12 hours for Remy, already given a nickname by family members, to come. But, Oldgesby said that it was worth the wait seeing his son’s sweet face after delivery.
"He wasn't supposed to be here for another two weeks," Donelson said, noting she woke up with her first baby in her arms. "They had me on a lot of medicines, but they told me that the first time I seen him, I cried."
Board certified OB/GYN Dr. Orlando Muniz, FACOG, delivered the bundle of joy along with the assistance of Dr. Leisa Bailey. Dr. Muniz, Michelle Baber, ARNP, and Jackie Bard, ARNP .
"We are so proud to welcome Little Remington to our community and wish only the best for a bright future for him," Melanie Sellers, RN, Jackson Hospital’s Director of Maternal/Child Nursing, stated in a news release.
Donelson couldn't be happier.
"I don't think I've ever been more content with my life," she said.
Not only is Remy the first baby to be born at Jackson Hospital this year, he is also Carrie Woods, Donelson's mother, first grandson.
"I have seven children and this is my first grandson," Woods said, overjoyed with excitement.
Jackson Hospital and Chipola Healthy Start partnered to present Remington and his parents with items to help with the addition of a newborn. The hospital provided a case of diapers, wipes, and a $100 Walmart Gift Card. Chipola Healthy Start provided a car seat and carrier.
Jackson Hospital is one of only two statutory rural hospitals in Florida continuing to offer obstetric (OB) services, the release stated. OB/GYN physician Dr. Orlando Muniz, along with Family Medicine Physician Dr. Leisa Bailey of Bonifay 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.
"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," Director of Maternal/Child Services, Mrs. Melanie Sellers, RN, stated.