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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis welcomes first baby of 2013

INDIANAPOLIS –The clock struck 7:23 a.m., Jan. 1 – and Elliana Michelle  became the first baby born in 2013 at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

Elliana weighed in at 7  pounds and 6 ounces, and measured 21 inches long. She is the daughter of Rachel Penrod of Indianapolis.

In 2012, more than 2,400 babies were born at the Indianapolis hospital. More than 41,000 infants have been delivered there since 1995, when the Women and Children’s Services program was consolidated with the hospital’s south-side campus at 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Families of the first New Year Day baby born at Franciscan St. Francis Health receive a large gift basket of items for the infant.

Each time a child is born at the hospital, Jesus Loves Me chimes throughout the hospital via the public address system.