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Marian Regional Medical Center Welcomes First Santa Barbara County Baby of 2020

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Newborn makes his debut just minutes after the start of the New Year

SANTA MARIA, CA – January 1. 2020 – Leo Cerezo arrived just in time to become the first baby born in Santa Barbara County in 2020 at Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC). Coming into the world at 12:50 a.m., the bundle of joy weighed in at 8 pounds, four ounces, and measured 21 1/4 inches long. 

Baby’s mother, Daisha Loreto, and father Bernardo Cerezo, are overjoyed about their unexpected New Year’s arrival. Leo is the second baby for the proud parents, who also have a daughter named Khalanie. Both mom and baby are healthy and doing well. 

To celebrate and welcome this bundle of joy, MRMC mom and baby nurses presented mom, dad, and baby with a beautiful gift basket filled with goodies and essentials for the sweet bundle of joy.

“It feels unbelievable to have the New Year’s baby, and we will have a countdown to his birthday each year,” says new father Bernardo. “We are so blessed because our first baby was premature and this time was a different experience; he is a healthy, full-term baby boy.” 

The Maternal and Newborn Center at Marian offers a loving start for every baby and loving care for every mom. Our private labor & delivery, and recovery suites are equipped with advanced equipment to ensure the safety of the mother and baby. Additionally, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides highly specialized, family centered care for newborns that require extra attention. 

[PHOTO CAPTIONS: Top of page - 1. Mom and Dad with Baby Leo, along with nursing staff at Marian. 2. Gifts for the family. Bottom of page - 1. Mom and Dad with Baby Leo. 2. Nursing staff at Marian holding gifts for first baby of 2020.  3. Baby Leo]


About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County.  Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the 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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Wednesday, January 01, 2020