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It's a Girl! The first baby of the new year has arrived at T.J. Samson

Hospital news | Sunday, January 2, 2022

Glasgow, KY – New Year’s Day is an exciting time for new beginnings for every family, and it is particularly special for those with babies born on January 1. The team members and medical staff at T.J. Samson Community Hospital are delighted to welcome the first baby of 2022. Salem Rayne Matos was born at 12:54pm on January 1st, weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces and was delivered by Dr. Kelly Dirig. Salem is the daughter of Kelsey Bowles and Sean Matos of Glasgow.

The family was presented with a gift bag and balloons from the T.J. Gift Shop along with a $50 gift certificate from Edmonton State Bank, and a relaxing facial from R+ Med Spa for the new mom. In addition, they will receive a case of diapers every month for a year from the hospital.

“This is such a special and exciting event, and we are delighted to celebrate with this family,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “Salem will always be able to say that she was the first baby of 2022!”

In addition to her parents, Salem is welcomed by big brothers Kalib, Slade, and Kalel, who were all born at T.J. Samson Community Hospital, where about 1,200 babies are delivered each year.

About T.J. Regional Health

T.J. Regional Health, the parent system of T.J. Samson Community Hospital and T.J. Health Columbia is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. In addition to two hospitals, the organization owns and operates the T.J. Health Pavilion, which provides outpatient care and physician offices as well as a Family Medicine Center and Residency Program, Home Care Services, Rural Health Clinics and a Med Spa in the South Central Kentucky region. For more information about the services offered at T.J. Regional Health, please visit