Remus appears as New Year's Baby / Fugate delivers over 1,000 babies


BELOIT – The 2018 New Year’s Baby made her arrival on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems (MCHHS). Ellie Rae Remus is the daughter of Brett and Janelle Remus and sister to big brother Caysen, Beloit.

The 2018 bundle of joy also made her appearance highlighting a milestone in Dr. Carl Fugate’s career as a family practice physician, marking over 1,000 babies he has delivered during his thirty and one half year journey in Mitchell County.

Fugate joined the Beloit Medical Center on July 1, 1987 and now looks to step back from a primary role of labor and delivery and focusing on his family practice patients. He will continue to assist other local physicians with obstetric needs. 

“New Year’s babies are always a special delivery for our healthcare system and family but this year’s birth is fitting marking the commitment and expertise Dr. Fugate has provided to local families and our communities for years,” said Stephanie Simmons, Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation (MCRMF) Director. “He has delivered a significant portion of our region’s population and has done so with dedication, care and the utmost compassion helping local families start their journey.”

Members of the MCRMF and MCHHS along with Dr. Fugate and nursery nurse Joan Palen presented Ellie and her family a basket full of New Year’s gifts from surrounding community businesses. 

The foundation along with MCHHS was fully committed to bringing back this tradition from the past and in its ninth year the Foundation they have received great response from surrounding community businesses and patrons. 

The gift basket included: a $300 Educational CD that was put in Ellie’s name, a handmade quilt, several gift certificates, cases of diapers, and many other additional baby gifts.

"We are very excited to have the new years baby and appreciate all of the wonderful gifts by generous donors throughout the community," said Brett and Janelle Remus. "We appreciate it very much." 

“The Foundation is honored to have revived this tradition and so thankful to all the community members that helped recognize Ellie and her family,” said Simmons.

Contributions ranged from monetary donations towards the Educational CD to baby gift and gift certificates.

“We look forward to celebrating this tradition every year and letting everyone share in the New Year’s baby fun,” said Simmons.

The tradition will continue with the MCRMF coordinating the yearly event. To be a part of this event or to learn more about other Foundation programs contact MCRMF at (785) 738-9493 or by e-mail at


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