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St. John’s Regional Medical Center Welcomes its First Baby of the Decade

Newborn boy arrives as a New Year's Day surprise to Oxnard family

OXNARD, CA– (January 1, 2020) – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a member of Dignity Health is proud to announce the birth of its first baby in 2020. The healthy baby boy came into the world at 7:54 am weighing 6 pounds and 2 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length.

While this bundle of joy has yet to be named, the family has been enjoying their precious New Year arrival. This is baby number three for the Gomez-Gonzalez family. Mom and baby are healthy and doing well.

To celebrate and welcome our first little one of the decade, SJRMC staff presented mom, dad and baby with gift baskets filled with goodies, including:

  • A Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters gift card and mug for mom and dad, generously gifted by The Collection at Riverpark. The Collection generously donated gift cards for the first twenty families of 2020
  • Blanket and beanie hand-knitted by the Volunteers at St. John’s Hospitals
  • Plush toys for baby provided by the St. John’s Regional Gift Shop
  • Onesie set gifted by St. John’s Pleasant Valley Gift Boutique

“We are overjoyed by the birth of the first SJRMC baby of the decade,” said Darren Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. “When a baby is born at St. John’s, a lullaby is played over the hospital intercom. Each New Year we eagerly wait to hear the first lullaby - it is a special and joyous moment.”

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. Our labor and delivery nurses are trained in advanced fetal monitoring. Additionally, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), currently being expanded to care for our tiniest patients, 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 about the Maternity and Birthing Center at SJRMC and our expansion projects visit,


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 fibrillation – 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: 

Wednesday, January 01, 2020