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Pictured is Liz and Dustin Baumler of Ossian, holding their newborn son, Zachary John, who won the First Baby of the Year contest at Veterans Memorial Hospital. He and his family will all enjoy many gifts thanks to the local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2023.

First Baby of the Year Born at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff are pleased to announce that the first established patient to deliver a child at the hospital in 2023 has been born.  The First Baby of the Year Contest was won by Zachary John Baumler son of Liz and Dustin Baumler of Ossian.   He joins siblings Raelynn and Conner at home.

Zachary was born on January 13, 2023, at 12:33 p.m.  He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

When Liz learned she was expecting, she established her care at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic-Waukon, seeing Halie Ruff, Nurse Practitioner for her prenatal visits.  Then when Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife, joined the maternity services team, she chose to continue her prenatal care through the actual delivery with Katy Maker.

This fortunate child and her family received the following generous gifts compliments of these area merchants:

  • $100.00 Cash from Moellers and Moellers Family Dentistry, Lansing.
  • A $100 Meat Bundle from Waukon Feed Ranch.
  • 1-Year Subscription to the Standard from The Standard/News Publishing
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Outdoor Creations, Monona
  • Free Pedicure from the Hair, Body and Mind Salon and Day Spa, Kim Sylvester
  • $20 Gift Certificate from the S&D Café
  • $10 Gift Certificate from the Village Farm and Home, Waukon
  • Tastefully Simple Gift Basket from consultant Jan Baumler
  • $20 Gift Certificate from Sycamore Floral
  • Sterling Silver Mother/Child Pendant on 18” chain from Elliott Jewelers
  • Mini-Newborn Photo Session from Micah Lynn Photography
  • Baby Supply Gift Basket and Gift Certificate from Nightingale Pharmacy
  • Insulated Grizzly Travel Mug from Freedom Bank
  • Baby Gift Bag from Waukon Dental
  • 11×14 Canvas Photo Wrap from The Copy Shoppe
  • 10 Punch Pass from the Waukon Wellness Center
  • Hand Made Baby Afghan, Sweater, Hat and Booties from the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital hand made by Mary Scholtes
  • Mary Kay Hand Cream from Debbie McGeough, Mary Kay Consultant
  • Diapers, Wipes and Laundry Basket from Veterans Memorial Hospital

All other babies born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the year 2023 will receive a Baby Coupon Book coordinated by the hospital through coupon donations from over 60 area businesses in Harpers Ferry, Lansing, Monona, Postville, and Waukon. The hospital coordinates this in an effort to assure all babies born at the hospital are treated extra special.

Congratulations to grandparents Dave and Janette Heitman of rural Lansing, Natalie Hemesam of Calmar and the late Joseph Baumler.