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GBRH welcomes New Year's baby
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Dr. Jodi Henrikson cradles Remi Mae Knieling, the first baby born in 2016 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, while OB Nurses Deb Higgins and Stephanie Jones present the babys family with a gift basket. Hospital CEO Brent Hanson also congratulated the family. - photo by Courtesy photos

Each year, the staff at Great Bend Regional Hospital wait anxiously to see which expecting mother will deliver the first baby of the new year. For 2016, the first baby was born over the weekend to Jarret and Katie Knieling of Rush Center. Their new daughter, Remi Mae Knieling, was born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.
Remi Mae was welcomed home by her big sister Payson, age 3. Grandparents include Gene and Judy Delaney of Ness City, Gene and Kim Knieling of Rush Center, and Desiree Rome of Victoria.
“I can honestly say my experience with Great Bend Regional Hospital has been the very best!” new mom Katie Knieling said. “Such wonderful staff! The doctors and nurses are amazing.”
The staff of the Obstetrics and Pediatrics department put together a special gift basket for the Knieling family, including a massage and spa goodies for mom along with lots of essentials for a newborn baby.
“Being the first baby born in a new year is a fun conversation topic that little Remi and her family can brag about for years to come,” said Stephanie Jones, OB/Peds Department supervisor. “We were proud to make that milestone even more special with a basket of goodies to spoil mom and baby.”
Great Bend Regional Hospital offers expecting mothers and their families amenities such as private labor and recovery suites, and the obstetrics nursing staff has earned the “High 5 for Mom and Baby Hospital” designation. This statewide program means that GBRH puts a high priority on skin-to-skin and breastfeeding, especially in the golden hour after birth.
To learn more about the hospital’s obstetrics services, visit
Great Bend Regional Hospital is a state-of-the-art 33-bed physician owned hospital.