Health First Welcomes Brevard’s 1st Baby of New Year
By Erika Hodges, Health First Media Relations // January 1, 2015
Cambree was born 27 minutes after midnight
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE – Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center welcomed Brevard’s first baby of the New Year at 27 minutes after midnight Thursday, January 1, 2015.
The 5-pound, 7-ounce baby girl was born to Heather Danielle Strickland, of Melbourne Beach, and Rodney Plumley. Baby Cambree was 17½ inches long.
Strickland said at first she did not have a name picked out because the baby arrived nearly two weeks early and ultrasounds had led the parents to believe they were having a boy.
“I was scheduled for a C-section on Jan. 12, but apparently she didn’t want to wait,” said Strickland, who decided on the name Cambree, because she said it means change.
“There is no better way to ring in the New Year than by being a part of celebrating a new life,” said Sean Gregory, President of Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center.
“At Health First, our associates love being part of milestones in our patients’ lives any time of the year and celebrating a new baby on the first day of the New Year is extra special to all of us.”
Just down the hall, Holly Veit, of Melbourne, and Michael Berger welcomed baby girl Arianna at 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 making her the last baby born at Holmes Regional in 2014.
Arianna weighed 6 pounds, 11.9 ounces and was 19½ inches long.
The last baby born in 2014 at any Health First hospital was 8-pound, 3-ounce Micah Harris, who arrived at 10:09 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital. His mother Keona Harris, of Cocoa, said he was 20½ inches long.