WMC seeing a baby boom

BABY BOOM — Autumn Burnem, a registered nurse and director of labor and delivery at Weirton Medical Center, holds a newborn boy in the hospital nursery. WMC is recording births at a rate not seen for decades at the hospital. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — Weirton Medical Center is seeing a baby boom with a recent surge in deliveries.

Obstetricians at WMC are delivering babies in greater numbers at the hospital than they’ve seen in decades. Deliveries in June were twice the average delivered before 2012.

“When families grow here, our community grows,” said Kelli McCoy, the hospital’s communications director. “We all want to see this community thrive and there are strong signs that is happening right now.”

Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, said the news is encouraging.

“The recent news about the escalating number of births at Weirton Medical Center is clearly a result of our strong local economy in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle and Western Pennsylvania,” Ford said.

“The last time we experienced this rate of births was when Weirton Steel was in its peak. Our residents feel confident they will be able to support a family based on the domestic and international investments in our area, escalating employment opportunities, low unemployment rate, rising wages, first-class health care and steady announcements of new industries moving to West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle,” he said. “I believe WMC’s birth statistics will further influence our economy and must be used in our core marketing of the demographics of the West Virginia-Western Pennsylvania corridor.”

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