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French Hospital Medical Center Welcomes First San Luis Obispo County Baby of 2018

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Newborn girl arrives as a New Year's Day surprise to Grover Beach couple

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – January 1, 2018 – Olivia Faith Rivera arrived on a special day, in time to be the first baby born in San Luis Obispo County in 2018 at the Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center at French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC). Coming into the world at 8:11a.m.on New Year’s Day, she weighed six pounds, eleven ounces, and measured 19” in length. 

The beautiful newborn girl’s proud parents, mother Leanne Rivera and father Jesus Rivera, are overjoyed about their New Year’s arrival, as well as doting nine-year-old Zach Lyons, who is eagerly stepping into his new role as big brother. Olivia is the first child for the elated couple, and the second for Leanne. Mom and baby are healthy and doing well and are celebrating the baby’s arrival with waves of well-wishers. 

“This wasn’t planned,” exclaims new mom Leanne. “We were shocked and joked about her being the first baby of the New Year. We are just very happy that she is healthy and she’s here.”

To celebrate and welcome this bundle of joy, FHMC staff presented mom, dad, and baby with a beautiful gift basket filled with goodies, and essentials.

The comprehensive team of obstetricians, neonatal nurses, neonatologists, and medical staff at FHMC’s Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center offers a loving start for every baby and loving care for every mom. Our brand-new, private labor & delivery, and recovery suites are equipped with advanced equipment to ensure the safety of the mother and baby. Additionally, our Acute Care Nursery provides highly specialized, family centered care for newborns that require extra attention. 


About French Hospital Medical Center

French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, has been named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, and is rated among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiac, orthopedic and GI services. French Hospital has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology. The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families. In addition, an expansion and modernization project is underway at French Hospital, including the new Copeland Health Education Pavilion, which provides the community access to comprehensive health care education resources free of charge.   

French is a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.



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Monday, January 01, 2018