Lowville hospital welcomes first baby of 2020

Welcoming the first baby of 2020 at Lewis County General Hospital are, from left, Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer, maternity department nurse manager Tracy Goldthrite, Justin Andre, Melinda Andre, holding Thomas Michael, JoAnne Rhuburt, foundation executive director and Mary Comet, second vice president for the hospital auxiliary. Elaine M. Avallone/ Lowville Newspapers

LOWVILLE — Not quite a New Year’s Day baby but the first birth of the new year arrived at 2:53 p.m. Jan. 2 at Lewis County General Hospital.

Parents Justin and Melinda Andre of Croghan along with their 3-year-old daughter, Cicily, welcomed the new addition, Thomas Michael Andre, to their family. Thomas weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mr. Andre, a special education teacher at Lowville Academy and Central School, said his daughter was excited about having a baby brother.

Mrs. Andre, a therapy aide at the hospital, said the baby came a bit early since her due date was not until Jan. 7.

The family was given a wagon full of gifts by the hospital, the hospital auxiliary and foundation. Valued at more than $500, gifts included books, clothing and a $100 Walmart gift card.

Hospital CEO Gerald R. “Jerry” Cayer welcomed Thomas, telling his parents, “All babies are special by the first of anything is extra special and we are thrilled to be part of this.”

Mr. Andre said although they had not expected all the extra attention, they were very appreciative and thanked the organizations for the gifts.

“Thanks also to the great doctors and nurses,” said Mr. Andre.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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