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St. John's Health and Auxiliary welcome "First Baby" of 2020

St. John's Health and Auxiliary welcome "First Baby" of 2020

The First Baby of the Year was born at St. John’s Health at 4:27 am on January 1, 2020. Baby Parke Mary Fariss was born to parents Grace Peck and Jason Fariss of Jackson. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and she joins her brother, two-and-a half-year-old Henry. She was delivered by obstetrician Dr. Shannon Roberts, and her pediatrician is Dr. Karin Klee. Grace and Parke were cared for by nurses Yan Olais, RN, and Ashley Didion, RN.

St. John’s Health Auxiliary recognized the birth by coordinating a warm welcome on behalf of thirty-seven community businesses and individuals, including one from Grace Peck herself, owner of Roam, who didn’t think that she would be the first to give birth in 2020. The Auxiliary presented the family with gift baskets of toys, baby care items, and numerous gift certificates to be enjoyed by the proud parents at local shops and restaurants.

"First Baby" coordinator for the Auxiliary, lactation consultant Janet Wood, RN, along with Auxiliary members Linda Melcer and Becky Rice, extended the Auxiliary's appreciation to the business community for its support of the First Baby program.


Media contact: Karen Connelly,, 307.739.7380.


St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and community wellness through a full-service hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.


The mission of the all-volunteer Auxiliary is to promote and advance the welfare of St. John's Health in these ways: by educating members so they may serve as community ambassadors for St. John’s Health, through fundraising activities, and by service to the hospital and its patients. Funds raised by the Auxiliary, through annual events such as the Spring Fling Gala and the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, go directly toward the fulfillment of pledges to the Medical Center for specific equipment or services. Since its inception, the Auxiliary has raised more than $2 million. The Auxiliary also sponsors the Living Center Christmas Party and the First Baby of the Year, awards scholarships, and participates in other charitable activities. The Auxiliary meets monthly, including quarterly social events for members and guests. For membership information, call Claire O’Connor at 307.739.7517.