McAllen, Texas, January 1, 2016 – Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Dr. Hugo Zapata helped Dalia and Alejandro welcome their daughter, Isabella Ruiz-Escamilla into the world at 7:25 a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016.  Isabella weighs 7lbs and 3oz and is 19” inches long.  Dalia and Alejandro are from Brownsville and this is their third daughter.  Baby Isabella has two older sisters who are very excited about being big sisters and helping mom. 

“I can not believe I went into labor on New Year’s Day,” said Dalia.  “The baby was due on December 28th, and when the due date passed, my husband and I joked about the baby being born on New Year’s Day.  We never though it would actually happen.  Now it’s just one more reason to celebrate a new year.”

 “We are honored that so many families have chosen Rio Grande Regional Hospital to welcome their children into the world and be part of memories that will last a lifetime,” said Cris Rivera, CEO of Rio Grande Regional Hospital. “For more than 33 years, Rio Grande Regional Hospital has been bringing families a New Year’s Day baby.”

As a special token, Dalia and her family received a gift basket filled with baby essentials and other goodies from Rio Grande Regional Hospital.  

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Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital is a 320-bed, full service acute care medical facility serving the Rio Grande Valley.  With over 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, Rio Grande Regional Hospital along with the Children’s Medical Center at Rio Grande Regional Hospital offer an array of comprehensive services including: full surgical and diagnostic capabilities; Intensive Care for Adults and Pediatric; Cardiac Care; Surgical Services; da Vinci Surgical Robot; Comprehensive Accredited Center in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program; Ambulatory Surgery Center; Radiology; Women’s Services; Neonatal Care; Five Off-Site Women’s Clinics; Diabetes Management Center; Three Off-Site Satellite Laboratories; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy; Advanced Level III Trauma Services; Two Off-Site Emergency Departments, and a Helicopter Landing Area.  For more information visit our website at