Mathis Zephryn Hooper was the first baby born at the hospital in Rolla, Missouri, in 2018, arriving at 10:58 a.m. Monday, January 1.

A New Year's Day arrival received a special welcome from the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Obstetrics Department nurses and staff.
Mathis Zephryn Hooper was the first baby born at the hospital in Rolla, Missouri, in 2018, arriving at 10:58 a.m. Monday, January 1. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Mathis was welcomed by his mother, Andromeda Hooper, of St. James. This is Andromeda’s first child.
Andromeda’s due date was December 29, 2017, but Mathis decided to wait until the new year to be born. “A lot of my family told me they thought he would be a New Year’s Day baby, but I didn’t believe them,” Andromeda said.
As part of a long-standing tradition at PCRMC, the first baby of the new year receives gifts and baby items to commemorate the event. Several local businesses donated these items.
This year, Mathis and his family received a welcome basket filled with baby items, including diapers and wipes from Big Lots; a book and a toy from Rolla Books & Toys; a baby ring from Kent Jewelry; a baby ring and water bottle from Taylor’s Jewelry; a piggy bank and shaker cup from First State Community Bank; a cooler bag, cup and other items from Phelps County Bank; a $20 gift card from Cupcakes & Cravings; a Pack ’n Play from Walmart; and $100 worth of baby items from the PCRMC Marketing Department.
On average, more than 800 babies are born at PCRMC each year.