Silas McCartney

Silas Lee McCartney is Mahaska Health’s first baby of 2020. He is shown with his father, David and his mother, Candace. Silas was born on Jan. 2 at 9:12 p.m. and weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

MAHASKA COUNTY — David and Candace McCartney, of Rose Hill, are parents of the first baby born in 2020 at Mahaska Health.

Silas Lee McCartney was born at 9:12 PM on Jan. 2. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches in length upon his birth. Dr. Angela Godejohn and Dr. Tim Breon delivered Silas.

According to a news release, the McCartney family was scheduled to deliver at Pella Regional Health Center, but when Candace went into labor unexpectedly, they had to adjust their plans.

“Due to the circumstances, we needed immediate care. It was a scary ordeal,” Candace said. “The operation team was here so fast; it was almost like they knew we were coming.”

The family said they were pleased with their care.

“Dr. Breon was the surgeon and made us feel calm and comfortable. We were so impressed with the staff, physicians and facilities at Mahaska Health that we will continue our care here in the future.”

According to the release, the Birthing Center staff at Mahaska Health look forward to another year of helping families grow.

“We have a great team of physicians and nurses ready to offer families personalized care,” said Birthing Center Director Andrea Hagist. “With our peaceful, private rooms and our variety of pain management solutions, mothers have all the amenities they need to have a successful delivery. We look forward to serving more families like the McCartney family.”

As the first baby of the year, Silas received gifts from Mahaska Health and Whispering Tree Gifts, the gift shop located just inside Entrance #4 on the Mahaska Health campus.

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