New Year Baby Makes His Debut on January 1 at HCMC

CUTLINE – Pictured is Franklin Matthew, the HCMC New Year’s Baby born on January 1, 2023 at 6:53 a.m. to proud parents Ashley Orr and Justin Blankenship.

PARIS, TN – Franklin Matthew made his debut at HCMC on January 1, 2023, becoming this year’s New Year Baby.  He was born in the Women’s Center of Henry County Medical Center at 6:53 a.m. to proud parents Ashley Orr and Justin Blankenship.

Franklin Matthew weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19.3 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Pamela Evans of Paris Women’s Center and has six older siblings:  Justin Blankenship, Jr.; Savannah Blankenship, Jacob Blankenship, Averiana Orr, Audrina Orr, and Victor Orr.

Per tradition, the family was presented a basket from Henry County Medical Center including baby items and a Wal-Mart gift card for delivering the first baby of the New Year at HCMC.

The HCMC Women’s Center is state-of-the-art in the birthing experience. From pre-natal to post-natal, we will meet your needs:

  • Individual labor support
  • Breast feeding support
  • Infant security
  • Centralized monitoring of mother in labor
  • Private birthing/after births rooms and Jacuzzi-tubs
  • Special gifts and baby billboard announcement
  • Family friendly environment
  • After surgery care

The Women’s Center also offers gynecological surgery post-op care to women.  And, HCMC now offers a Special Care Nursery and neonatology services through PedforAll.

For more information on our services as well as the OB/GYNs at HCMC, check out our website at or call us 731-644-3463.

About Henry County Medical Center

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 8 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: