Kaweah Delta Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2018
VISALIA, CA – Kaweah Delta Medical Center has welcomed its first
baby of 2018.
Elias John Blacksill was born at 6:02 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 1, at Kaweah Delta
Elias weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches in length. His
parents are Carissa and Greg Blacksill. The child is the second of the
couple who are parents to Elias’ big sister Addison, 2.
Elias was not expected to be a New Year’s baby. Carissa’s due
date was January 15 and she was already scheduled for a cesarean section
on January 13. She was surprised her water broke around 3 am and Elias
was delivered via cesarean section just a few hours later.
“We are so thrilled. It was long awaited,” said Carissa, who
has endured a long battle with infertility the past 6 years and conceived
both of her children via in vitro fertilization. Carissa and Greg were
high school sweethearts and were married in 2009.
Elias’ grandparents, Susan and John Blacksill, shared in the excitement
of welcoming Elias. “It’s just joy. Just so excited, and grandkids
are the best,” said Susan.
For being the New Year baby at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Elias received
a New Year’s diaper cake from nurses at the hospital. Each year,
approximately 4,200 babies are delivered at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District is the only trauma
center between Fresno and Bakersfield. Kaweah Delta Medical Center was
recently awarded four out of five stars in overall hospital quality from
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and an A in hospital
safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score. The district
offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected
pediatric hospitalist program to nationally recognized orthopedic and
cancer programs. For more information, visit
www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.