The Ottumwa Courier

January 6, 2014

MHP welcomes first baby of 2014

The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — OSKALOOSA – Khloee Jean Watts was born at 12:47 a.m. on Jan. 1, making her Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2014 New Year’s Baby.

Khloee weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Nathan and Christine Watts, of Oskaloosa, and she has a big sister, 4-year-old Katelynn. Her grandparents are Diane Ferneau, Mark and Kathy Van Der Meiden, and Steve and Jana Watts, all of Oskaloosa. Khloee was delivered by Family Practice Physician Stephen Mineart, MD.

Christine, who delivered her first child in the old Birthing Center location, said she really appreciated the larger room and the whirlpool tub, which she used before and after her delivery. Obstetrics patients have been cared for in the new patient care wing since September of 2013.

“I was very thankful to have many of the same excellent nurses who helped me when I delivered Katelynn,” Watts said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better birthing experience.”

As MHP’s first baby of 2014, Khloee received a wide variety of gifts from MHP and Whispering Tree Gifts, the Hospital Auxiliary’s gift shop located on the lower level of the new patient care wing. Katelynn also received a special gift to congratulate her in her new role as big sister.

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, call (641) 672-3240 or visit