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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Proud parents welcome San Marcos' 2013 New Year's baby
SAN MARCOS, TX – Megan Palomo and fiancé Jesse Rivera welcomed their first child, Janiyah Angel Rivera, into the world on Jan. 1 at 1:51 a.m. at Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) Women’s Center. Janiyah was born one month pre-mature, weighing only 3 lbs., 15 oz. She is currently in the CTMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and is scheduled go home next week. The birth marked the first in Hays County for 2013.

“That’s something she’ll be able to remember for the rest of her life,” Palomo said.

Palomo and Rivera were not expecting to ring in the New Year with childbirth, but when they went for a check-up yesterday the doctor ordered a cesarean-section, which was performed by OB/GYN Jenifer Kowalik. Although the delivery didn’t go as expected, Palomo and Rivera are eager to embark on their new life together as parents.

The CTMC Women’s Center will present the new parents with a gift basket containing goodies for Janiyah and Palomo. The couple agreed that the best part about their experience at CTMC was the clear and concise communication presented by the hospital’s doctors and staff.

“Everything they said happened detail by detail, so we knew exactly what to expect,” Rivera said.

Palomo, who attended San Marcos High School, said she is looking forward to Janiyah being “mommy’s girl.” Moving forward, Palomo will be a stay-at-home mom and Rivera plans to enlist in the Army. Currently, he is employed at Pluckers Wing Bar in San Marcos.

“We named our daughter Janiyah because it means God’s gift in Hebrew,” Rivera said. “This is a new year with new beginnings. I’m looking forward to giving my daughter advice and helping her with cuts and bruises and sharing memories and laughter.”

In 2012, the CTMC Women’s Center delivered 999 babies. For more information or to schedule a tour of the Women’s Center, please call 512-753-3528 or visit www.ctmc.org. Click here to learn more about this inspirational birth story and the challenges Janiyah’s parents overcame.

About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.
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