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St. John’s Regional Medical Center welcomes its first baby of 2018

The healthy baby girl came into the world at 4:57 a.m.

OXNARD, CA - January 1, 2018 – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a member of Dignity Health is proud to announce the birth of its first baby in 2018. The healthy baby girl came into the world at 4:57 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. and 15 oz. and measuring 19” in length.

While this bundle of joy has yet to be named, mother Laura Salvador Lopez has been enjoying her precious New Year arrival. This is baby number two for the Salvador Lopez family. Mom and baby are healthy and doing well.

“We are overjoyed by the birth of the first SJRMC baby of the year,” said Gary Nishida, MD, St. John’s Medical Director of Perinatal Safety. “It's always special to have a family welcome a new baby on the first day of the year."

“When a baby is born at St. John’s, a lullaby is played over the hospital intercom,” said Stephanie Kelley, manager of St. John’s Labor & Delivery and Mother Infant Units. “Each New Year we eagerly wait to hear the first lullabyit is a special and joyous moment.”

To celebrate and welcome our first little one of the year, SJRMC staff presented mom, dad and baby with a stroller, car seat and goodies courtesy of Babies”R”Us in Oxnard.

The Maternity and Birthing Center at SJRMC 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.

SJRMC has obstetricians on-site 24/7, as well as highly trained labor, delivery, and pediatric nurses to ensure that mothers and babies receive the highest level of care at all times. To learn more visit our maternity and birthing center


About Dignity Health - St. John’s Regional Medical Center:
St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard is a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (2012-2015) and is rated among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for five consecutive years. St. John’s Regional Medical Center’s cardiac program offers effective treatment for heart disease as a STEMI Receiving Center, world-class clinical research trials, a certified primary stroke center, and recently became the first hospital in California to offer the world’s smallest leadless pacemaker for patients with bradycardia – slow heart rate. In addition,

St. John’s was the first and only hospital in Ventura County to perform cryoablation, an innovative procedure to treat atrial fibrilation – a common heart rhythm disorder. St. John’s Cancer Program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and offers a lung cancer program recognized as the only Center of Excellence in Ventura County. The 16-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. John’s provides family centered care for newborns requiring highly specialized attention. Learn more about other classes, events and support groups at


Publish date: 

Monday, January 01, 2018