At 1:48 a.m. on Jan. 1, Diana Casteñon welcomed a new baby girl at the Family Birth Center at Western Plains.

Casteñon, named her Samantha and she was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 1/4-inch long.

"I chose the name Samantha because I always liked the name and thought it sounded pretty," Casteñon said.

Samantha is Casteñon's second child. She has a 10-year-old daughter as well.

"We are thrilled to welcome our new baby girl," said Casteñon. "The physicians, nurses and staff at Western Plains Medical Complex took such great care of us and we are so grateful to them for making this experience so special."

Members of Western Plains Medical Complex as well as area sponsors, met with Casteñon and her new baby at her residence on Friday to give some special gifts for being the first 2018 baby born in Dodge City.

"Gifts were from Western Plains Medical Complex, Q97, La Ke Buena, Z98, Cummings Carousel, Prime on the Nine, Martinez Sewing, Green Bean Coffee Co., Shoe Fetish, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Longs and Humbles," WPMC marketing director Danielle Stroud said.

According to WPMC, The Family Birth Center at Western Plains is committed to providing high quality, compassionate care close to home for new and expecting parents.

The Birthing Center offers state-of-the-art family rooms, home atmosphere, brand new equipment and furniture, two triage areas for emergent care, and a Level 2 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) that has private suites for babies.

"We have an exceptional team of clinical and support staff who are dedicated to bringing new life into our community, not just on New Year’s Day but year-round," said Kristin Shields, MD, OB-GYN at Western Plains Physician Practices. "Our expectation is that every patient and his or her family will have a positive experience and genuinely feel our commitment to providing the highest quality care possible, in a comfortable and welcoming environment."

Tours are available and can be scheduled by calling 620-225-8472.

The Family Birth Center at Western Plains is located at 3001 Avenue A in Dodge City.

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