Jacquelin Galaviz delivered Rio Grande Regional Hospital’s first baby of 2017 at 7:06 a.m. Pictured is baby girl Jaylee, mom, and older brother Noe.

McAllen, Texas, January 1, 2017 – Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Dr. Gholam Kiani helped Jacquelin and Alberto welcome their daughter, Jaylee R. Perez into the world at 7:06 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017.  Jaylee weighs 7lbs and 14oz and is 19” inches long.  Baby Jaylee has two older brothers and one older sister who are very excited about their baby sister’s arrival.

“I cannot believe I went into labor on New Year’s Day,” said Jacquelin.  “The baby was due on January 17th, we were never expecting this.  My husband was still out of town working because we had a couple of weeks before her arrival.  On New Year’s Eve, everyone around me was having a good time and I kept thinking, something doesn’t feel right, I think I’m going into labor.  Sure enough, just a few hours later, baby Jaylee was here.  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 nearly 35 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.  

For more information on services at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, visit www.RioHealth.com.

About Rio Grande Regional Hospital

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; Rio Grande Surgery Center; Radiology; Women’s Services; Neonatal Care; Four Off-Site Women’s Clinics; Diabetes Management Center; Family Practice Clinic, 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 www.riohealth.com.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.