BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Jan. 1, 2011 – Lane and Joe Applegate of St.
Simons Island welcome the newest addition to their family, Ella Rae Applegate.
She arrived at 1:22 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Southeast Georgia
Health System Miriam & Hugh Nunnally Maternity Care Center in Brunswick
as Glynn County’s first baby of 2011. She was delivered by Matthew
Johnston M.D., and weighed in at 6 lbs., 8 oz., and measured 20 inches
long. She is the couple’s first child, as well as the first grandchild
on both sides of the family and the family’s first great-grandchild.
Maternal grandparents are Gloria and Tony Adams of Rockmart, Ga., while
paternal grandparents are Jennifer and Zdenek Kuja and Janice and Steve
Applegate, all of St. Simons Island. The new great-grandmother is Betty
Peeples of Swainsboro.
Each year, more than 1,500 babies are born at the Miriam & Hugh Nunnally
Maternity Care Center. Not only is little Ella this year’s first
baby, but she is the first New Year’s baby to arrive in the newly
expanded and renovated Center.
The Health System unveiled the completed Miriam & Hugh Nunnally Maternity
Care Center in September 2010. The Center features 6,550 feet of additional
space along with 24 redesigned labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum
rooms (LDRPs) with the latest technologies that allow mothers and their
babies to remain in the same room throughout their stay. Other features
include a tranquil adult garden space and an outdoor children’s
play area so big brothers and sisters can burn off energy as they await
the arrival of the newest member of the family.
To welcome Ella, the Health System presented the happy parents with a large
gift basket full of gifts and baby care necessities from the Southeast
Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus Gift Shop.