The First Baby of the Year was born at St. John’s Health at 4:27 am on January 1, 2020. Baby Parke Mary Fariss was born to parents Grace Peck and Jason Fariss of Jackson. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and she joins her brother, two-and-a half-year-old Henry. She was delivered by obstetrician Dr. Shannon Roberts, and her pediatrician is Dr. Karin Klee. Grace and Parke were cared for by nurses Yan Olais, RN, and Ashley Didion, RN.
St. John’s Health Auxiliary recognized the birth by coordinating a warm welcome on behalf of thirty-seven community businesses and individuals, including one from Grace Peck herself, owner of Roam, who didn’t think that she would be the first to give birth in 2020. The Auxiliary presented the family with gift baskets of toys, baby care items, and numerous gift certificates to be enjoyed by the proud parents at local shops and restaurants.
“First Baby” coordinator for the Auxiliary, lactation consultant Janet Wood, RN, along with Auxiliary members Linda Melcer and Becky Rice, extended the Auxiliary’s appreciation to the business community for its support of the First Baby program.