New Year’s Baby Arrived Jan. 1 at Brookings Health

Posted: 1/5/2016

New parents Missy and James Vande Weerd hold their New Year’s Baby, Ashlyn Jessica. Ashlyn was born at 2:05 a.m. on New Year’s Day.Ashlyn Jessica Vande Weerd arrived at 2:05 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016, making her the first baby of the New Year born at Brookings Health System.

Ashlyn is the first baby for parents Missy and James Vande Weerd of Bruce, S.D. She weighed seven pounds and eight ounces and measured 21.75 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well.

The New Year’s Baby and her parents received a variety of toys, baby products, and, gift certificates of cash and services from local businesses and organizations. Contributors to the New Year’s Baby gift basket include:

  • GCC Ready Mix
  • Shane Anderson of Century 21 Gustafson, Krogman & Associates
  • 3M
  • Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
  • Avera Medical Group
  • Bel Brands
  • MyPlace Hotel
  • Party Depot
  • Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
  • Metabank
  • First Bank & Trust
  • Valero
  • Nick’s Hamburger Shop
  • Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at