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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

HAZEL HAWKINS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES FIRST BABY OF THE NEW YEAR

January 5, 2021, Hollister, CA – January 2nd, brought a welcome addition to the Hernandez/Garcia family in Hollister and the First Baby of the New Year to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Veronica Hernandez and Daniel Garcia welcomed their daughter, Adelynn on January 2nd at 7:52 a.m. Their little bundle of joy weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz., is 20 inches long and was delivered by Dr. Ralph Armstrong, OB/GYN.

The couple, was excited that their daughter had the distinction of being the First Baby of the New Year at HHMH. The tiny celebrity has an adoring big brother, Jace, who celebrated his 2nd birthday on the day his sister was born; as both siblings now share the same birthday.

The parents were pleased when the staff in the hospital’s Maternal Child unit presented them with a gift basket and gift certificates to celebrate the occasion. The new parents described the nursing staff as “really nice and very supportive”. When asked what is was like to deliver their baby during the COVID-19 pandemic they stated it was “nerve wracking” waiting for their COVID-19 test results which took about an hour, but other than that they felt safe and comfortable. The new parents stated the only downside was not being able to have their son come visit at the hospital, and they were anxious to get home.

“It is always an honor for a hospital to deliver the 1st baby of a New Year,” said Steven Hannah, CEO, “on behalf of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, I wish the Hernadez/Garcia family a wonderful 2021!”

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