Iowa Specialty Hospital

First Baby of 2024

January 8, 2024

Wyatt Bradley Ingebritson - First Baby of 2023

Iowa Specialty Hospital is proud to announce the birth of its first baby of 2024.  Aiden Jacob Eekhoff, son of Amanda and Andrew Eekhoff of Kanawha, was born on January 1, 2024, at 3:52 p.m.  Aiden weighed 10 pounds, 2 ounces, was 21 ½ inches long, and had brown hair and brown eyes.

Aiden joins three siblings at home; Avery, age 8, Aaron, age 6, and Abbie, age 3. 

“A new year brings a level of excitement for new opportunities, new goals, and of course new BABIES!” stated Jennifer Mewes, OB Leader. “As our OB department continues to grow with all of these new babies, we are forever thankful to be able to provide this level of care and service to the families in Central Iowa.”

During the month of December 2023, the Iowa Specialty Maternity Department held an internal contest for other departments.  During this contest, ISH departments could submit their guess for the birth date, time, and gender of the first baby of 2024.  The departments were also asked to contribute a gift for the baby and family. The ISH Maternity Department provided a red Radio Flyer wagon, and all of the donated gift items were placed in the wagon and presented to Baby Aiden and his family.

Iowa Specialty Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department was the winner of the contest with the closest guess of January 1, 2024, at 5:00 pm for a male baby.

Iowa Specialty Hospital just celebrated the end of 2023 with a total of 594 deliveries.  This number is one of the highest totals for the hospital ever attained. 




Pictured is Aiden Jacob Eekhoff, who was the first baby born at Iowa Specialty Hospital in 2024.

Also pictured is the Radio Flyer wagon full of gifts provided by the ISH Maternity Department and various other departments at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics


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