FT. MOHAVE, AZ – Families from Ft. Mohave and Laughlin celebrated New Year’s Day with the deliveries of two girls 80 minutes apart at Valley View Medical Center. They are believed to be the first 2015 births in the Tri-State area. Nataley Zeller of Ft. Mohave delivered Brooklyn Lee Zeller-Oliver by caesarian section at 4:51 pm, with dad Chance Oliver, a local musician, assisting. Little Brooklyn weighed six pounds 13 ounces and was 19 ½ inches in length. Zeller was originally scheduled for labor-inducing medications late New Year’s night with an expected delivery January 2 but went into labor earlier on New Year’s Day. Shortly before Zeller went into surgery, Emily Scroggins of Laughlin arrived at Valley View, fully in labor and four weeks early. She delivered her daughter at 6:10 pm, with the baby’s father, James Dugger, present for the birth. Elayna Lynn Dugger weighed five pounds 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Dr. Richard Benedict delivered Brooklyn, assisted by Valley View labor and delivery nurses Kari Hernandez and Deanna Piñon, anesthesiologist Dr. Wade Grindle, surgical nurse Julie Newland, and surgical techs Darren Fennern and Phil Riola. Dr. Theodore London delivered Elayna, assisted by labor and delivery nurses Hernandez and Piñon and obstetrics tech Darlene Hernandez. Zeller said she thought she could deal with her labor pains until her scheduled induction Thursday night, but was talked into coming into the hospital earlier than expected. She said she had a rough labor, but that her “nurses were outstanding,” helping her through Brooklyn’s birth and post-delivery care. Scroggins said that she had a couple of false labors in recent days, returning home after short trips to Valley View. Both Zeller and Oliver said they liked “Brooklyn” as a first name, and quickly agreed upon “Lee” as a middle name, as it is shared by her best friend and his uncle. Scroggins and Dugger, who recently relocated to Laughlin from the Midwest to be closer to family, chose “Elayna,” and “Lynn,” a grandmother’s middle name. The families will leave Valley View with more than $1,500 worth of first baby gifts from businesses in Bullhead City, Ft. Mohave and Laughlin arranged by the Valley View Auxiliary Volunteers. As the first delivery in 2015, Zeller and Oliver will receive a special combination of items. For the second consecutive year, Mattress Land Furniture of Ft. Mohave and Bullhead City is providing a recliner. Carter’s and Bath and Body Works in the Preferred Outlets at Laughlin have each provided gift bags … the former for Brooklyn and the latter for Zeller. D’ Place Restaurant in Ft. Mohave has donated a gift certificate, and Ft. Mohave Florist near Valley View is supplying a floral arrangement. Wells Fargo Bank in Ft. Mohave and Bullhead City is giving Brooklyn a stuffed pony. The local Stich n’ Rippits quilting group donated handmade baby quilts. Dr. Alan Barton of Colorado River Pediatrics has purchased a high chair, while Valley View administrators have provided a child safety seat. Valley View’s labor and delivery staff donated a stroller. The Valley View Auxiliary has purchased a playpen. The Auxiliary will also provide infant clothing and supplies, including layettes, plus items from the Auxiliary’s gift shop.
Scroggins and Oliver are receiving clothing, blankets, layettes, quilts, stuffed animals and other items from the Auxiliary and the Auxiliary’s gift shop, as well as a floral arrangement from Ft. Mohave Florist . The first baby of 2015 follows 536 deliveries at Valley View in 2014, or 1,100 for the past two years. That represents the largest number of hospital deliveries in the Laughlin-Bullhead City-Ft. Mohave-Needles area.
Valley View is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed as a 90-bed acute care hospital serving the Tri-State area along the Colorado River including Bullhead City, Arizona, Laughlin, Nevada and Needles, California. It has two adjacent medical office buildings, and two satellite locations in Bullhead City. In addition to the main campus in Ft. Mohave, Valley View’s affiliated operations in Bullhead City and Laughlin include Crossroads Urgent Care, Wide Open MRI, and Live Oak Family Medicine. Valley View’s numerous honors have included Community Achievement Awards for large business of the year, social services, business expansion and retention and communications, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce “Out On A Limb” innovative business and “Over The Top” customer service awards, national and divisional “High Five” awards from LifePoint Hospitals, and the area’s highest patient satisfaction scores scientifically ranked by HealthStream® Research.